As our Nation prepares to celebrate the anniversary of our independence, thoughts of freedom rightfully fill our hearts and minds. It is good to reflect upon and celebrate the many freedoms and blessings that we have as Americans. Moreover, it is important to remember that true freedom is not secured through fighting wars, adopting the right policies, or even keeping out the “wrong” people. That may help temporarily, but eventually it’s impact will fade. No, true freedom is found in Jesus Christ and in living and loving the way that Christ did.
Only by calling on the name of Jesus and receiving the salvation offered by God can we truly be free from the evil and ills of this world and the next. Through placing our trust in Christ, we gain unity and peace with God and hope for our future. It is true that our day-to-day journeys can sometimes make us feel anything, but free. Too many of us know about the bondage of violent neighborhoods, the poverty of quality food and education, and the lack of opportunity for advancement. Geography, race, cultural background, and socioeconomic status are just a few reasons why there is such a diversity of experiences in our county. Nevertheless, in Christ, all barriers are dismantled and all disparities can be equalized.
Think about this, God gave heaven’s very best to secure spiritual freedom for every woman, man, boy, and girl. What if those of us who have put our faith in Jesus would truly band together and work to ensure that freedom – from oppression, pain, violence, and isolation – rings for everyone too? As you celebrate the holiday with fireworks, family, and food take some time to pray for our country and our world. Humbly ask God to grant us wisdom, courage, and grace to fight for freedom for all of those for whom it has not been fully realized.