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Freedom and the Fourth of July

Freedom and the Fourth of July go together.

Our country is built upon a heritage of freedom.  Did you know that the ideas behind these freedoms, the expressions found in The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, find their inception in Christianity?

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”  George Washington:  Commander-in-Chief in the American Revolution; Signer of the Constitution; First President of the United States—

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

John Adams:  Signer of the Declaration of Independence; One of Two Signers of the Bill of Rights; Second President of the United States—
“Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior?--that it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation?  Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth?--That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?

John Quincy Adams:  Statesman; Diplomat; Sixth President of the United States
“As Americans we enjoy freedom guaranteed by the Constitution and The Bill of Rights.  The celebration of that freedom initiated in the Declaration of Independence is a grand celebration!”

Christ has a freedom He wants to give to us as well.  It too was secured through sacrifice.  His death on the cross sets us free from the tyranny of sin, the burden of guilt and a life separated from God.  Christ gives forgiveness and a life to be lived with God forever.

As we celebrate earthly freedom throughout the month of July, remember an even greater freedom and celebrate the victory of Christ.  Jesus reminds us, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  (John 8:36)

Rejoicing in the Freedom of Jesus, Pastor Rick Mensing