Tomorrow, those of us living in the United States of America celebrate our Independence Day.
We can work our way up the social ranks and strive for happiness as we define it – because we are free.
We can worship in whatever church we choose – because we are free.
We can decide how our day will go – where we go, what we do, what we wear – because we are free.
We can even buy 400 boxes of fried twinkies if we so choose – because we are free.
But whether we want to admit it or not, our freedoms are slowly being stripped away.
And we let it happen.
By not standing up. By not fighting back. By thinking that it doesn’t affect us. By waiting until it’s at our front door before we decide to act.
But by then it may be too late.
Here’s the full quote:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Pretty powerful right?
Men and women have fought and died so that we can be free. All the way back, many have suffered, lost their wealth, lost their families, lost their reputation, and eventually their lives.
How irresponsible is it, then, if we allow those freedoms to be taken away? To treat so flippantly what so, SO many have purchased with their blood. To voluntarily allow ourselves to be brought back into bondage?
That is not what they died for.
But I see a parallell between this amazing blessing of freedom and another kind of freedom.
The freedom from sin.
Our freedom has already been purchased with the most precious blood ever to be shed.
Some choose to remain in bondage and never accept the freedom found through Christ.
Some have accepted that gift, they are now free, and yet day after day choose to place themselves back into that bondage.
We do it!
Sin once held us captive. We COULD NOT be free.
But Someone. Jesus. His blood ran for you and it ran for me and it purchased our freedom.
So WHY ON EARTH do we willingly – voluntarily – place ourselves back into the bondage of that sin by submitting ourselves to it??
I’ll be honest, I’ve grown up in church and yet this whole concept – the correlation between our American freedom and our spiritual freedom – didn’t fully hit me until this past weekend.
Our spirutual freedom is important.
And our American freedom is important!
So C•E•L•E•B•R•A•T•E! Let’s have an amazing, fun day with friends and family!
But let’s not forget how those freedoms were purchased – lest we find ourselves, once again, in bondage. Only this time, it will be by choice.
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