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For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. ~ Galatians 5:1, ESV
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. ~ 1 Peter 2:16, ESV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17, ESV
On this Independence Day—this family day of celebrations (parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and so forth)—if we truly are Christian Patriots, then let us never forget that the cost of freedom always will be the highest price to pay. Let us never forget that freedom has never been FREE! For this reason, Christian Patriots also should never forget that Independence Day is an opportunity to teach our children and grandchildren about our nation’s courageous godly heroes—those individuals who founded our country upon the bedrock principles of Christianity, which are evident in The Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
These above words not only speak of our American experience but also echo the universal “human” experience, in general. There can be no doubt that Life, Liberty, and Happiness are of Divine Origin. Father God most definitely placed these natural rights/desires in the heart of every human being, but He did it primarily so that He could draw mankind to the ONLY ONE who is able to fulfill these rights/desires. That is why Independence Day is an opportunity for those of us who are Christian Patriots to teach our children and grandchildren that our courageous godly Founding Fathers, in particular those who signed The Declaration of Independence, not only understood that Life, Liberty, and Happiness are God-given rights/desires, but also they knew that they would have to pay the greatest price—give up their lives—so that future generations of Americans would not be denied their God-given rights/desires of Life, Liberty, and Happiness. Indeed, these signers knew The Declaration of Independence was their death warrant, for in the closing paragraph are these words:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Lastly, as we celebrate this Independence Day, let us also do so by being thankful for the ultimate sacrifices so many men and women have continued to make so that we can enjoy our national heritage—so that we can remain free to live our lives, free to be independent (have freedom), and free to be happy. More important, let us be thankful for the ultimate sacrifice our Lord and Savior made so that we can enjoy our spiritual heritage—so that we eternally have life in Christ Jesus, which allows us to remain forever FREE and forever in right relationship with Father God!
HAPPY Independence Day to everyone. God bless America!