It is Independence Day in the United States, the anniversary of the day in 1776 when The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. We had declared our freedom from the oppressive governing powers of Great Britain. On that day in 1776 America cried out – “We want Freedom!”
When I look around our country today, I see masses of people who don’t understand freedom. What it is and what it means for their lives. So many are lost and seeking headship and leadership, but instead of looking to the Lord, they are looking to the government, which is bringing them closer again to slavery. Just in my lifetime when I look at the freedoms that have been stripped from the American people it gives me great concern.
But God doesn’t strip our freedom. God has created us to live freely in Him and experience life abundantly.
Charles Kingsley says “There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true where a man is free to do what he ought.”
Christ’s death on the cross has given us freedom from our sin, we are no longer slaves to sin. We are free in Christ. But with that freedom comes responsibility.
I Corinthians 8:9 says, Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
Freedom in Christ brings responsibility. What is your Independence Day? What are you doing with your freedom?