Happy 4th of July everyone! I know, I am a day early making my post this week, but FREEDOM is on my mind both positively and negatively. Throughout the morning I have been wondering how many people actually know the history of the USA? I am wondering who can see how lawlessness has distorted the gift of freedom and created a free-for-all for some or our population?
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
This freedom was not without sacrificial investment of many people’s time, treasure, talent and life that I doubt that not many of us can fully comprehend. It is my prayer that people all across this great nation will be awakened to the opportunity they have to embrace a life of freedom that blesses and honors the people they influence. It is my prayer that God will be honored again in every area of human life and responsibility!
Of course there is another kind of freedom that is even more important, the one for which Jesus gave his life. His sacrifice for personal freedom from sin is greatly unnoticed by many and often distorted by religions that do not honor Him and what He has done.
True freedom is two-sided; freedom from something and freedom to something. Our ancestors in the 1700’s wanted freedom from tyranny to gain freedom to raise their families on a land with limited government involvement. Sadly we have drifted so far off track that many of our freedoms have been regulated by government agencies and many distorted through the free-for-all of lawlessness.
May this “Independence Day” be the beginning of a different kind of revolution, a revolution of the heart, where people will choose to love and honor God and in turn learn to love each other… that is true freedom!
Have a blessed and fun-filled Day! Rob