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Jun. 24, 2020

A JULY 4th THOUGHT

 

“…The truth shall make you free.”

John 8:32

 

For Americans,  July 4th  is a day of celebration, a time of remembrance and call of renewal to the values of patriotism, duty, responsibility, and freedom that our great nation advocates. Our nation was founded upon noble principles that women and men were willing to give their very lives for.

 The Preamble to our Constitution states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Splendid thoughts for a splendid nation.

 For our ancestors, it took a bloody war to free our nation from the oppression of a foreign despot. Heroes like George Washington, patriots such as Benjamin Franklin, and flag-wavers like Betsy Ross all contributed to the cause of national freedom – all felt the conflict was worth the personal sacrifice.

 Patriots are still sacrificing personally today. When the heroes we know come home from battle, they may point to a scar on the neck where a bullet grazed them. Or they may point to a scar on their shoulder where the blade of an enemy’s bayonet sought to take their life. Or they may refer to a piece of shrapnel lodged in their back – a result of a land mine explosion. They all carry physical scars and emotional scars.

 In life there are physical battles we must engage in and there are spiritual battles to be fought.  Like it or not, it is a reality of life. 2000 years ago, God looked over the ramparts of heaven and beheld His children besieged by evil.

 He heard the cries of the generations past, present and future who were being terrorized by the tyranny of sin. If fact, every human being was enslaved by one or another of  deadly evil such as  pride, envy, anger, greed, lust, gluttony, selfishness, prejudice, gossip, unbelief, resentfulness, blaming, unforgiveness, complacency, and arrogance. It is the same today.

 Almighty God had to do something about it. So, God sent a liberator - a warrior - a patriot of the Kingdom of God to our spiritual aid. This Champion of Champions was His own Son, Jesus Christ. Through the womb of a virgin, God invaded our humanity, became one of us and with His supreme sacrifice won for our souls liberation from enslavement to the inordinate passions that so commonly vex us. Because of Christ, anyone can – we can – you can – I can -  be spiritually free! We no longer have to acquiesce to the demands of  the tyranny of sin and evil. The day we embrace the work of  Jesus as our Lord, Savior and Liberator is the day that our spiritual independence from sin occurs.

 The good news is that Jesus is the Truth that will set you spiritually free. He has done the work. All you have to do is to embrace it. His offer of spiritual freedom is always both timely and timeless.

 Splendid thoughts for a splendid salvation.

 As always, see you next time and have a great day...