As we approach one of the most celebrated days in our nation’s history, my thoughts have turned to what it is we celebrate on the fourth of July. Fireworks, burgers and beer come to mind, but really we are celebrating freedom. We are blessed to live in a nation where our freedom is prized and we do not experience the oppression and persecution found in other countries. Especially during election times, it seems Americans are constantly thinking about our freedom, and fighting to protect it. We so often hear that our freedom is under fire from the government, from corporations, from each other. Can something so fragile really be true freedom? How about “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Now THAT is a freedom I can get behind. This is a freedom that exists regardless of laws or stipulations. This is the freedom that our Lord gives us – no strings attached. We cannot lose this freedom, but we can chose not to use it. When we submit ourselves to the slavery of sin and the things of the world, we are giving up that freedom. But, it is always there for us to take back! All we have to do it want it.
So this 4th, give thanks for the freedom you have received from our Creator. It’s no wonder we sing “God, Bless America” – it seems we all know that it is God who gives the freedom we seek.