We recently finished watching a documentary series on the life of John Adams. When I stop to consider those American heroes, who without their courage and determination, we would not even be here, I am thankful. When I see the hardships of what the American soldier has to endure and the sacrifice of being willing to risk your own life for the sake of your country, I am so grateful. When I think of those who have paid the ultimate price and died in battle, and the loved ones who are bereaved of, in some cases, their only Son, my heart goes out to them. When I think of Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and what He endured for us on the cross and the great love that caused Him to go through what He did, being marred more than any other man (Isaiah 52:14), I have never seen a greater demonstration of love displayed in all my life (I John 3:18).
Not often do we ponder our heroes. The Christ, first and foremost, should be considered, and then those who fought to help give birth to our nation (George Washington & John Adams), those who continued to uphold it (Martin Luther King, Jr. & Robert. F. Kennedy), and all the men and women who have sacrificed since with their blood. Are we so preoccupied with our own lives and problems that we forget to say “Thank you” with our actions by fighting to uphold and preserve that which others gave their all to establish and preserve?
John Adams gave a very profound quote on just this subject. He said, “Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”
Has America given him cause to repent? Yes, but what of those few, brave men and women who are fighting the good fight who have not (I Timothy 6:12)? Remember, God never uses a majority to prevail. As Samuel Adams rightly put it, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” And I always like to add “in the hearts of men,” as well, which only Christ can do.
Freedom is not free. It is costly. And not many will be brave enough to uphold it. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? The right time to do the right thing is right now. Let it be said of us that we were the greatest generation yet; and maybe someday, years from now when our posterity lays their head on their pillow, they will bless our generation for giving them a free country where they can live in peace. Just as those who have gone before us did the same thing for us, let us do the same for those coming behind us.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Are you willing to do that for the next generation? Think about it.