Happy 4th of July, everyone! I am so grateful to live in a country that is free!
Today is the day that we, in the United States of America, celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared our nation independent from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
On days like today, we feel particularly blessed because of our freedom in this country. We take a moment to remember just how fortunate we are, while there remain many, many people who do not share in the blessing of residing in a country that is free (in the 2012 Freedom House report, I think there were 48 countries listed as “not free” (24%)). That’s almost a quarter of the countries in the world that don’t have the privilege of freedom!
We really should take a moment to reflect upon, embrace, and be thankful for our country’s freedom – there are, of course, scores of people who worked hard to attain and who still work hard to preserve our freedom, and for that we are incredibly thankful. And of course, we should thank God for our country’s freedom. After all, our country would not have ultimately been founded as a nation had not the first immigrants from England settled here. The reason they emigrated was so they could gain the liberty to worship God as they chose.
God Bless America.
As I’m reflecting upon our country’s independence, a deeper, more pressing freedom is on my heart. On days like today, we, as Americans become grateful for political, civil, and religious freedom. However, on days like today, we, as Christians should also reflect on how grateful we should be for our spiritual freedom.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:2
“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17
We have been FREED from the law of sin and death! We have been RESCUED from one kingdom of darkness and bondage and transferred into the kingdom of freedom and light!
Living in a country that is free is awesome. I am utterly grateful for that blessing.
Living in the newness of life and experiencing freedom through Christ is incomparable. I am ETERNALLY grateful for that blessing.
Our country, because it has tasted freedom, often seeks to aid other nations in their quest for freedom. We as Christians, because we have tasted freedom, ought to daily be so grateful for our freedom that we seek to lead non-believers to Christ.
As the saying goes, “Freedom Isn’t Free.” It’s not. Christ gave it all up for you and me.
Let’s make sure we profess the “good news” this Independence Day and everyday!
Let’s make sure our children know the history behind Independence Day. It’s important. But as we’re teaching them about the Fourth of July, let’s use this moment to also teach them about another type of freedom, a better type of freedom – the freedom found in Christ!