Tomorrow is Independence Day. There will be barbecues, games, sparklers and fireworks galore. However these things are how we celebrate. They are not what we celebrate.
What we celebrate is freedom.
Independence Day has always held special meaning to Christians. The inscription on the Liberty Bell reads, "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof…." ~Leviticus 25:10
Our country was birthed as a result of the pursuit of religious freedom….the pursuit of God.
A group of people thought that the right to worship God freely was so important that they left their home and country and fought for the privilege to do so in a new land.
They were willing to pay the cost for their freedom and for generations to come; just as Jesus was willing to pay the cost for our freedom.
The writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, once wrote “The God who gave us life…also gave us liberty.”
Jesus said, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners.” ~Luke 4:18
Romans 5:8 reminds us of both the gift and the cost, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
As we enjoy our celebrations tomorrow, let's take time to be grateful for the freedoms we are commemorating.
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