Happy 4th of July to all of my friends here in the USA. Independence Day represents freedom. A side note is a difference in perspective. In 1999 I visited a friend in England. He gave me and my group a walking tour of areas of London. As we were walking, I saw a statue of Abraham Lincoln. I asked him why there would be a statue of an American president there. He told me, “He was important because he freed the slaves, but you won’t see a statue of your hero of the war of insurrection George Washington.” We all laughed. Here in the USA it is the Revolutionary War but over there my friend called it the War of Insurrection. 🙂
So it is time for picnics, barbecues, watermelon, and fireworks. It is fun to celebrate, but the meaning is more important.
One of my favorite quotes is from the Declaration of Independence:
“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”
The Founding Fathers of the USA recognized that freedom comes from God. They saw freedom as a gift from God. The concept of freedom for all took time to fully develop. My African American friends did not have true freedom before the law until the Civil Rights Acts of 1964. Women did not have the right to vote until 1920. Laws are there to protect but cannot change hearts.
So many men and women have sacrificed their lives since the Revolutionary War. They sacrificed their lives for our freedom in The War of 1812, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, the 2 Gulf Wars and in Afghanistan.
There is someone who sacrificed his life for our freedom, Jesus out of his love for us gave his life for us, so we could be free from sin and judgement. Jesus said in John 8: Jesus can change the hearts of people to be free to show his love.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
My wish is twofold, for all people to live in freedom from tyranny in our world and for all people to know eternal freedom in Jesus.
Happy 4th of July. 🙂
God Bless. Thank you for reading.