I am indeed thankful to live in the United States. I’m thankful for the men who some 241 years ago pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the cause of liberty over tyranny. I’m thankful for those who continue to labor and fight for freedom’s promise.
Although, when I ponder my American citizenship I’m reminded by Scripture that I am only a sojourner in this land. My true citizenship belongs to the Kingdom of Christ and is my first priority. Hebrews 13:14 says, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” The truth is, no government or political organization can grant, negotiate, purchase or facilitate true freedom. True freedom is only granted by God the Father, purchased by the precious blood of Christ and facilitated by the Holy Spirit to liberate us from the tyranny of sin that reigns in us (Romans 6; 8:1-3).
Our response to freedom from sin is not one of autonomous independence, but of radical dependence on the one who made us free, Jesus Christ (Romans 6:17-18). With this spiritual freedom, we need be less concerned with keeping our rights, but rather imitating Christ, who gave up His glorious rights and humbled Himself in order to save sinners like me (Philippians 2:1-11).
The freedom this country offers is limited and temporary. It can be taken away from us. We would do well to remember that our true and greater freedom comes from God and can never be taken away. The battle securing true freedom was won at Calvary and the tyranny of sin was defeated forever.
Any “freedom” other than what God grants, through His Son, will pass away as we draw our last breath. So, on this day, please consider real freedom: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
I’m praying you have a wonderful Independence Day!