After US troops left Iraq, the Islamic State quickly filled the void and began their bloody march through the region. They quickly erased all progress in the war on tyranny and terror. It’s sad and infuriating to see evil gain so much in a region that was liberated only a few short years ago.
Many young Americans and Iraqis died to secure freedom in Iraq. Looking at the current situation on the ground, it’s tempting to say they died for nothing. I take issue with such claims.
Please don’t take this article as a defense or criticism of the invasion of Iraq. What’s done-is-done, and we can’t change history. Yet, any person willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to secure another’s freedom, is a hero in my book – deserving of honor and respect – someone worth emulating.
The soldiers did their job. They freed a nation once ruled by a ruthless dictator. However, once freed, it’s up to the individual to embrace their new found freedom. They can’t be forced into freedom.
This same battle rages daily in the heart and soul of every one of us. God sent his one and only son to the cross to free us. He freed us from the tyranny of sin.
Once free, it’s up to us to embrace this freedom and defend it each and every day. Some battles will be lost because of our arrogant dependants on self; however, if we truly commit to the fight and embrace Jesus Christ into our hearts, his word, and selflessly live out his example, then victory will be ours.
Those soldiers didn’t die in vain. They died to give people freedom. Just as a man named Jesus went to the cross to secure our freedom. It’s up to us to embrace that freedom.