As I was getting ready to write this post, I began to reflect on what this holiday means to Americans. We have a very rich history in our country. The signing of the Declaration of Independence ranks at the top of what we, as a country, take pride and great reverence in, namely our freedom. As Christians, we see how our forefathers looked to God in their decision-making.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Declaration of Independence
Many selfless men and woman have given their lives over the years because of a loyalty and respect for our land, the people in it, and the value of freedom. Even as we enjoy ourselves today, in the summer traditions of barbeques, picnics and fireworks, let us not forget the sacrifice those in the military here, and overseas, give every day.
In reading the Declaration, I also thought about our freedom as Christians. Our spiritual freedom came at a high price, the death of Jesus Christ. And while that would seem the end of the story, it is not, for we serve a mighty God who had a plan. A plan that would give us eternal life. When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he changed history. My history. Your history. All because of the love of a Father who wants to have a relationship with us.
“For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Two distinct passages from two distinct writings, both promising freedom to a people who listen and hold the truth close to their hearts.
So today, wave your flag with pride. Remember the cost of this county’s freedom and the spiritual freedom we have through Christ Jesus.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”. 2 Cor 3:17
What are your thoughts about our freedom?