Remembering those who paid ultimate price
by Donald Conkey, columnist
May 22, 2014 12:14 AM | 816 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Monday is Memorial Day 2014 — a national holiday to honor those men and women who gave or were willing to give their lives to defend those freedoms all Americans cherish.

While the vast majority of all Americans hope that those veterans who have died in establishing and preserving America’s freedoms for nearly 240 years have not died in vain, there is a small minority of Americans, those on the progressive left, who are now attempting to destroy those precious freedoms that were deeply embedded in America’s foundational documents by a hand full of colonists in 1776, 1787 and 1791, they who risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to restore those freedoms based on the laws and statutes given to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai anciently.

And, in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson acknowledged the source of their inspiration for breaking the bonds of “Rulers-Law” they then lived under — their “Creator” and their “Supreme Judge of the World.” They then asked for His divine guidance to guide them on their dangerous journey and — I believe — He gave them his blessings and was there in their times of needs. George Washington was never ashamed of asking for His divine help, which was strongly evident when the British finally surrendered at Yorktown. Jefferson’s “Creator” and Supreme Judge then inspired a unique Constitution to protect those freedoms — and then caused those freedoms to be written and amended to the Constitution. These freedoms are now known as America’s Bill of Rights.

It took time for America’s Tree of Liberty to become firmly rooted in American soil following the signing of these world-changing documents. But when that tree’s roots became firmly rooted those freedoms — economic, property and religious — became the envy of the world, and all dictators and would-be-dictators quickly realized they would have to allow more freedom to their subjects. Some did and some didn’t, with many of their subjects leaving for America with its constitutionally protected freedoms.

We who live here in Cherokee county often have an opportunity to witness those who have made those sacrifices for freedom as the veterans from current and past wars are honored as they traverse I-575 on their way to their final resting place in the National Veterans Cemetery west of Canton, where they are interned with honors. On Monday, those Americans who died defending freedom will be honored here in Cherokee County and in similar national cemeteries nationwide.

I occasionally ask why war and will war ever end? And who perpetuates war? Revelation 12 helps me partially understand these questions. It tells about the “war in heaven” before this world was created, a war that Satan, God’s adversary, lost and who, along with a third of the “hosts of heaven” were then cast down to earth. Verse 12 states: “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens and ye that dwell in them (Satan’s gone). (But) Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the sea, for the devil is come down into you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” This story adds a strong eternal perspective to mortality.

As horrible as war is, slavery is worse. Once enslaved, it takes mankind centuries to break that bondage. It took the Israelites many years of pleading before the Lord heard their prayers, and another 40 years of training to learn to “self-govern themselves.” Following 256 years of self-government — Joshua to Saul — often with serious corruption issues the people said to Samuel “now make us a king to judge us like all other nations.” (I Samuel 8:5.) The Israelites had rejected God as their source of light, as is America today, along with much of the world. Israel’s kings, beginning with Saul, led the Israelites into idolatry, and finally into total dispersion. This history, well recorded, is a reminder of what happens to those nations who reject God or his laws.

Those who would “sell-out” America and “make the United-Nations to judge over us” ignore the reality of God’s wrath, or of the time and price required to regain freedom once lost. Ask the Germans, the Japanese, the Russians, even the Iraqis. The price always is much death and great destruction.

Memorial Day 2014 is a day to remember those who were willing to pay the ultimate price to protect mankind’s freedoms, and to thank God for restoring freedom to the world, via America. Also remember: Harsh political rhetoric is still preferred over bullets for settling disputes, local or worldwide.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.

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