Monday, July 4, 2016

No Greater Sacrifice


 

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. –2nd Cor. 3:12

photo by C. Castle
 

Today is Independence Day, the fourth of July, a day set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 by the Continental Congress, whereby the 13 states declared themselves a new nation. They called the new nation The United States of America, and avowed they would no longer be a part of the British Empire.

 
The cost of freedom from Britain was not small. One in 20 able-bodied, white, free males died during the war:  6,800 were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, 17,000 died of disease, 20,000 were taken prisoner, and this is just the American soldier count! In addition, almost every one of the founding fathers lost most, or all, of their personal wealth funding the war.
 

Because of the actions of these brave men, today you and I live in a country that is free. We are not under the tyranny of a dictator. We are not under the thumb of Communism or Fascism. We are not under the dictates of kings or despots who answer to no one. We are free to elect the men and women we want to represent us in this great country of ours, and we have a say in how our country is run.

 
And because we live in a free country, we are able worship as we choose. Here in America we often take freedom of worship for granted. In other parts of the world Christians are not as lucky. They are forbidden by civil laws to worship, persecuted, and even killed for their faith.

 
As Christians we also have a liberty others don’t. Ours is not a liberty granted by our founding fathers or other men. But liberty only God could provide us. We have liberty from sin. This doesn’t mean we’re perfect. Far from it.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Liberty from sin means that the Lord, Jesus Christ, has paid a price for our freedom from the punishment of sin. He has given his life to insure we may one day live in a new world, free from the tyranny of sin and Satan’s grip.


So this July 4th remember to celebrate all the freedoms we have in America. Freedoms that were bought so dearly with American lives. And thank the Father for the freedom Jesus bought us on the cross. After all, there is no greater sacrifice than to lay down your life for another.


May God Bless America, and you, on this day of liberty and freedom.
 
 

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for this inspiring post. I appreciate the sacrifices of all of the brave men and women who have achieved, and maintained, our freedoms. Most of all, I appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that gave me the greatest freedom of all!
    Happy Independence Day!!


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  3. Amen! So very true--thank you for sharing this uplifting inspirational post.

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    1. I'm glad you were inspired. Thanks for dropping by.

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    2. I'm glad you were inspired. Thanks for dropping by.

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