The Irony of It All!

Food For Thought would like to throw its 2 cents into a conversation that is captivating society today.   We live in a country conceived on the principles of rights and freedoms.  Most of us go about living our lives on a day-to-day basis without anything personally invested in those rights and freedoms.  In other words, most of us did not experience war, most did not have to take refuge in the trenches or storm the front lines of battle.  Most of us did not go face-to-face against an enemy so hateful it wants to dictate your every move or choose whether you live or die.  Most of us relax in our cushy sofas and sit back and surf over 200 channels to find what pleases us for the moment.  And a few elite are fortunate enough to watch millions of dollars rolling into their bank accounts all because they’re good at throwing or catching a ball while the rest of the country cheers them on.  Many are oblivious to the fact that there are countries out there who tell their children what they will be when they grow up.  They have no dreams, no hope, no future, no choices.  Ironically, here in our great country, one of the freedoms we have is the ability to kneel while our country’s anthem is being played.  Ironically, here in America, one of those freedoms is the ability to burn the banner which symbolizes  those freedoms.  Why anyone would do these things is unthinkable, but because we are the land of the free, they can. But remember –  we are also the home of the brave.  Because of the brave, you can dishonor your country by kneeling while its anthem is played.  Because of the brave, you can protest by burning the emblem of the nation which ensures that right to protest.  So, to those who kneel, you owe a tremendous debt to those you dishonor by kneeling.

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.  Galatians 5:13 (NLT)

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.  1 John 3:16 (NLT)