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InDependence Day

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 by Roger Goins


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.

Most of us very quickly recognize this as part of the Declaration of Independence.   This Declaration of Independence was signed July 4th, 1776 by 56 men who valued freedom even over their own lives.  Over these last 240 years, we have fought many—12 to 20 depending on who is counting—major wars to ensure our continued freedom.  Countless men and women have willingly gone into harm’s way for freedom; over 1.1 million Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice!  It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that Americans value independence.  We place great value on “life, liberty, and especially the pursuit of happiness.” 

Unfortunately, most of us have never read:

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.

This is the closing statement of the Declaration of Independence.  Is it ironic that our declaration of independence closes with a statement of dependence?  True freedom is only available through Divine Providence.  True freedom is expensive and requires sacrifice.  True freedom is purchased with blood.  The blood of 1.1 million soldiers, sailors, and airmen purchased our nation’s freedom.  The blood of Jesus Christ purchased our eternal freedom.

This Independence Day, celebrate our nation’s 240 years of freedom with fireworks, barbecue, ice cream, and watermelon.  Remember those men and women who freely fought and freely died for our continued independence.  Most importantly, celebrate your continued dependence on God, the author of freedom.  Celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  It is because of His supreme sacrifice that we can be free from guilt and shame.  It is because of His sacrifice that we are free to love, free to serve, free to forgive, and free to live.  Celebrate Him!

And perhaps—especially in this election season—we should remember Paul’s words to the Galatians:

Galatians 5:13-15 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

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