As we approach the day of celebration in the United States for our Independence, we give thanks for the freedom we enjoy that has blessed our lives in so many ways.
While we often reflect upon the personal, economic, and social aspects of freedom, let us ever grateful for the freedom of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution.
On this day, as we prepare to attend a worship service, we are reminded that there are places in our world where Christians must meet in secret. Where they are persecuted. And even beheaded for their allegiance to Christ.
While it seems there are some that want to muzzle the mouths of Christians from speaking openly about Jesus, we have the right to acknowledge Him as the one Lord. To pray in His name. To sing His praise. To preach His sacrificial death on the cross. And to live according to His Word.
However, while appreciating the freedom that U.S. citizens enjoy, let us never forget that real freedom is realized when we obey the Truth and find release from the bondage of sin and the shackles of Satan (Jn 8:32).
Today, let us “exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool” (Ps 99:5, giving thanks for both our physical and spiritual freedom.
—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman