This weekend, all across our country, people will be remembering, celebrating and giving thanks for the freedom and independence we enjoy as a nation. Because of the sacrifices, dreams, and goals of our Founding Fathers, we have the privilege and honor of living in a democratic society. On July 4th, there were picnics, family gatherings, food, time with friends, and fireworks to add to the festivities.
Celebrations like these can be bittersweet, realizing that not every person in the world can or has cause to celebrate like we do in the United States. But no matter where one lives, we all have the opportunity to be free because of the gift of salvation from Jesus. It’s not the country, state, city, or community where one lives that grants them personal freedom, but rather the One to whom they choose to entrust their life.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1, 2
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. I Peter 2:16
And the news about that freedom is worth sharing and celebrating all year long!