According to American Heritage Dictionary, “Sacrifice” is defined as:
- To offer as a sacrifice to a deity.
- To give up (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
- To sell or give away at a loss.
- To kill (an animal) for purposes of scientific research or experimentation.
We are frequently faced with sacrifices. Some are more routine, such as doing without as a parent to be able to better support your family or friends. Trading a personal benefit or right to do something for the benefit of others is commendable.
As we move further into the chaos that began in 2020, I anticipate that more sacrifices will be required of us. In the last two years, we have experienced another type of sacrifice, a non-voluntary sacrifice, which mandated the sacrifice of our liberty to be free from required masks and shots. Coercion entered the picture, negating any benevolence and justification. Through this coercion, propaganda was imposed, telling us that we are “obligated” to comply for the “greater good.” In a Free Society, individuals have dominion over their bodies and do not have a duty to others. The problem is, we have not had the opportunity to debate the risks and benefits of the masks and shots with the groups mandating them.
If we comply with the forced mandates for masks and shots, it will be easy to impose more mandated sacrifices, which could impose such things as limiting foods we can buy and the energy we consume, all for the “greater good.” Once we are told what we can eat or drink, or what kind of energy we must use, our “safety and security” will be next. This will involve turning in our cash, guns, and ammo for the sake of “safety and security.” Then we will be forced to pay higher and higher taxes. (Of course, this will be for the “greater good” as the government always has our best interests and safety in mind and would never deceive us.)
This may sound good to some people and many will readily comply out of a “sense of duty” to our country. While I agree that people should be free to make their own choices that best suits their lives and goals, even if there is no coercion or mandate, that is their choice. However, I, too, should have the freedom to make personal choices for my life without coercion, mandates, guilt, or force.
Regarding the aforementioned definition of sacrifice, I believe the key is that the exchange or trade should be at the discretion of the party making the trade, and they should have the right to determine the value of what is being sacrificed versus the benefit to be gained. Over the last two years, due to the mandates, we have lost the ability to evaluate the “sacrifices” forced upon us. There has been deliberate censorship and suppression of any information that would cast doubt over the benefits to the “greater good” and our “safety and security.”
I would like to compare what we are experiencing now, which is the government, corporations, and social media imposing their will upon the individual, to the sacrifice God made freely for all of us. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of everyone who will ever exist so that they may have forgiveness and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. This ultimate sacrifice made by God through Jesus to benefit all who choose to believe in Him is the opposite of what the government wants to do for us. God gave us Free Will to choose to follow Christ or to ignore His sacrifice. No one is required, mandated, or coerced to comply. This is achieved by His grace and our faith. There is no other cost other than striving to live the rest of our lives following Him.
I have mentioned before that I base most of my decisions on risk and benefit. I believe that if you examine the decision to follow Jesus, it is the easiest decision to make in your entire life from the risk and benefit analysis. The risk is spending eternity in hell in the lake of fire. The Bible provides very graphic descriptions of what this will entail, and I want no part of it. The benefit is spending eternity in Heaven with God. We cannot begin to imagine how awesome it will be for eternity. Our time on earth is described in the Bible as a “blink of the eye.” The best possible trade you can ever make is to trade the time on earth (a blink of the eye) for eternity in a paradise with God.
The sacrifice for this salvation is choosing to follow Jesus and changing our lives to further enhance our faith in Him. If you do not make a choice to follow Him, you have made a choice to spend eternity in the lake of fire. God says in Matthew 12:30, “Whoever is not with Me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” I really do not want to be on the wrong side of this decision. I am convinced that I am not.
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Even if I lose my life for Him, my sacrifice will not match His because I will not have to take on the sin of the entire world. I anticipate that, as things progress, we will have more sacrifice imposed upon us. The sacrifice made for us by Jesus will make whatever we face in the here and now tolerable with the assurance we will be with Him in Paradise for eternity.
If you have not decided to follow Jesus, I strongly encourage you to begin to find out more about the process (it is simple but life-changing) of assuring that you spend eternity in the right place. If you do not have a church home, it is imperative that you find one that fits you. I fit at Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Your church home should help you along your journey here so you will start making friends for eternity.
David Jayne, M.D.
Edited by Ann Jayne