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The Cost of Freedom
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 13:26

This is the time of year when we begin to think about how thankful we should be. Our thoughts float toward turkey dinners, traditions, and even Christmas.
I’d like to get you to think about Pilgrims at Plymouth for just a moment. We know from history that the pilgrims came to the New World and landed at Plymouth. The voyage was made on a ship named the Mayflower. Mayflower was a common name for ships in that day, and this Mayflower probably was 100 feet long and about 26 feet wide. Cramped into this old and dirty space were 102 passengers, plus a crew of 30. During the 66-day voyage, two travelers died and two babies were born. Most of the travelers had left their families behind with the intention of sending for them at a later date.

A group of Separatist Puritans, fleeing religious persecution in England, had settled in Holland. However 44 of these separatists thought the Dutch way of life was too frivolous and decided to move to the New World. They made a deal with a London Stock company to finance a pilgrimage to what would become America. In return, the company was to receive free labor from the settlers for 7 years. The other passengers on the Mayflower were non-Separatists hired to protect the interests of the company.

The Dutch Separatists called themselves “Saints” and referred to the other passengers as “Strangers.” During the trip the saints and strangers had many disagreements. After their long voyage the two groups held a meeting to resolve some of their disagreements. The resulting agreement was the “Mayflower Compact” which guaranteed equality for all. These two groups then united and called themselves pilgrims.

The first winter at Plymouth found half of the original settlers not surviving. But the sacrifice for freedom was worth it to this early band of explorers, who came searching and discovered freedom.

As I was re-thinking this story it dawned on me again that freedom comes at a high price. I think we are guilty of not remembering this at times. In America the freedom we have comes at a high cost. There have been many willing to fight and die to preserve that.

Spiritually our freedom has come at an even greater cost. For that freedom the creator of the universe had to give up everything so we could gain eternity. Sometimes our freedom in Christ is one of the things we are not very thankful for. Make that a part of your Thanksgiving celebration this year.

We have much to be thankful for and I am thankful for you.







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