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COLUMN: Do you know the true cost of freedom?

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By Donna Coffey

 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

The 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States of America, is historically a day of celebration. We commemorate our nation's independence from England with fireworks, picnics, and parades. It's a happy time! We love our freedom!

Our free government did not and still does not come cheaply. Thousands of men and women have died over the past 200-plus years to secure our liberties. Many families have given the ultimate sacrifice of their loved ones' lives that we might live in this free nation. We tend to forget the cost while we enjoy our rights.

Our free nation is just a temporary entity and could be overthrown by a hostile government or crumble from its shaky foundation through corruption and/or lack of morals. If that were to happen, we would no longer be the free democracy of which we've become accustomed.

As Christians, we do, however, have an everlasting freedom. Jesus gave us our ultimate freedom, one that is free to those who accept it but was far from cheap. It was costly! Jesus took on the sins of the world and died on the cross so that we might go free: free from sin, free from death, free from the evils of this world!

Someday another country might attack us and take away our free nation, but no one can take away our freedom from sin if we have Jesus as our Lord and Savior. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23