Today as you celebrate July 4th, what do you think of? Backyard BBQ’s, friends, family and of course fireworks. Sometimes the real reason we celebrate gets lost in the festivities. It’s the birth of our nation – a celebration of our freedom. Freedom to speak, live, laugh, read, pray, go to church, read the Bible among many other things.
I am thankful for the men and women who have and continue to protect these freedoms. I am thankful for our founding fathers who were willing to give up everything for this freedom. Did you know that the names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for sixth months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in death. They were willing to die for the cause of freedom. The Declaration of Independence was at once the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty. Jefferson summarized and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking ties between colonies and the mother country, “self-evident truths.”.
They were willing to give all and some did. The men and women who have fought for these freedoms chose to lay down their lives for you and I.
When thinking of that freedom, I realize that in a country like ours that even though our nation is free, many live in prison of their own making. Sure they have freedoms but the only true freedom any of us has, was given to us by Jesus, the Savior of our world. He laid down his life so that you and I could truly be free. Free to love Him, free to love one another, free to serve one another with a heart of gratitude.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Gal. 5:13 ESV
Join me this July 4th in letting freedom ring!!!!!! Give of yourself reflecting the freedom that Jesus has given you.
– Bonnie Hilton