By name it sounds, well, free. How easy it is to forget the enormous price tag that has been paid and is still being paid by others for our spiritual and political freedom.
Awareness of the cost of freedom is a necessity in the often oblivious life we lead.
As I have been blessed to be reviewing the “Life of…” series for Attic Books as well as For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer for Master Books, I have not only been reminded of what others have done for me but have also learned of things I never knew.
I live in the New Orleans area yet before reading Life of Andrew Jackson, I did not grasp how crucial the Battle of New Orleans and the victory led by Andrew Jackson was to our entire nation’s freedom from British rule.
I am a Christian who believes in salvation by grace alone through belief in the work of Jesus Christ in His death on the cross, yet I never grasped what courageous and committed stands my Christian forefathers took in order for me to freely live and speak of the beliefs I have in this amazing grace. And never did I fully appreciate the depth of what I sing when I sing the classic hymn Amazing Grace. That is, not until I read Life of Luther, Life of John Knox, and Life of John Newton.
I am blessed to be born and raised and still residing in the United States of America, yet never did I learn the depth of the courage, commitment, and Christian heritage of the founders of this great nation until I read about each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer.
Above all, as I have learned of these great foundational people who have helped to secure my spiritual and political freedoms, I am even more drawn into praising my Father in Heaven for sending His Son to pay the ultimate price for the ultimate freedom. He gave His life willingly and rose again conquering death and hell so that you and I might have the tremendous opportunity to live in eternal freedom from sin and death and to instead live in victory as we shine His light into this dark world.