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             Freedom is and has and never will be something that is obtained freely. "Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be." These words were written in 1961 by the former guru on freedom, James Baldwin. This statement seems quite simple on the surface, but it is true for all ages of life. First of all, freedom is defined by dictionary.com as "the liberty of one from slavery, detention, or oppression." Based on this definition, it is obvious that everyone would like to have freedom, but the simple matter is people in our history didn't always have it. We all must face this test everyday in the spiritual and physical realms. God calls us to claim freedom from the captives in Isaiah 61. This means that we are to release prisoners from darkness. How do we do this? We must connect with them, sacrifice our needs for theirs, influence them, make right decisions, and leave a permanent impression that will last them a lifetime once we are gone. To help them have freedom with God, as well as freedom with men. .
             First I would like to state that in America life for the most part is free. We have what we call "Civil Rights." We have the freedom of religion, ect. But freedom is not, and never will be, free. We must fight to keep our freedom. The Revolutionary War was fought for the United States" freedom from England, and freedom itself is still here today. As all of us know, our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, and our country must defend itself for freedom, this is one example of how freedom comes at a price, it is not free. .
             I want to focus on three particular proven ways of how freedom is not free. One example is that soldiers had to fight, and are still fighting in wars to win our freedom, and to maintain our freedom. America did not just magically obtain freedom, it has been fought after for many years in wars like the American Revolution (1775), The War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm.

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