Independence Day

H A P P Y    I N D E P E N D E N C E   D A Y  ! ! !

 

It has been a while since I last wrote, but I do have some things I want to say.

First, it is Independence Day, today. For some reason, I hear the name of this holiday being expressed as “July 4th” or “4th of July” interchangeably, as if that was the name of the holiday. It makes me wonder how well it would go over if on Christmas, I would start wishing everyone a happy “25th of December” or on New Year’s Day a “Happy 1st of January!” This might seem like a petty argument to some people, but, in 1776, the revolutionaries did not fight for our fourth, no, they fought for our freedom, our independence. This is something that we need to never distance ourselves from.

We need to remember the point of this holiday: we are celebrating our INDEPENDENCE, our FREEDOM! Every firecracker that is fired off needs to be done so in a mood of celebration because we are free.   Our country is so blessed, and we need to take every opportunity to thank God for it.

In the same way, we, as Christians, have obtained freedom from a life of sin. The Apostle Paul tells us: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1, NASB).

When Christ died on the cross, and rose again on the 3rd day, the power of sin was forever broken. For those who choose to accept the free gift that Christ has given, there is life independent from the control of sin. That is cause for celebration! I hear my neighbors setting off fireworks for Independence Day starting about June 30. I guess they can’t wait to celebrate. As Christians, that is the attitude we need. We need to celebrate our freedom from sin and our life in Christ. We need to celebrate it every day. We need to celebrate it with all the gusto that we can muster.

If you are not living under this freedom, do not let another moment pass you by. Ask Christ to forgive your sins and give you this freedom. Then, join the celebration.

“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;   and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’…’So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’” (John 8:31-32, 36, NASB).

 

H A P P Y    I N D E P E N D E N C E   D A Y  ! ! !

 

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3 thoughts on “Independence Day

  1. Beautifully written. I love your association of the freedom in our Founding Fathers’ hearts and imaginations with the freedom offered by Christ. We know that was their inspiration, along with the vision of a new way to organize government. Divinely inspired.

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