For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, officially a national holiday in our country since 1971, although it has been celebrated since just after the Civil War. It is a day in which we are called to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is specifically set aside for citizens of the USA to recall the great sacrifices that have been made over the years by men and women in uniform. It has been said many times before, but it is worth repeating: we are truly fortunate to live in a country where we are free. Paul reminded the churches in Galatia of their freedom. That freedom was in Christ. Yet there was apparently the temptation to use that freedom to become involved in behaviors that were inconsistent with a call to holiness. In addition, it seems that there was a temptation—because of this freedom—to not be the loving and serving brothers and sisters that was intended by living a life in Christ. Thus did Paul remind our ancient brothers and sisters not only of the validity and reality of their freedom, but also of the responsibility that goes along with being a freed people in Christ. As Christians today, we, too, are called to freedom. We are free from the law (that difficult taskmaster), and we are set free from sin. We are set free from doing what the world insists we must do in order to be human, or to be “normal,” or even to be “American.” And, we are set free from the finality of death. We are free to celebrate an eternity that is to come.