A Thought for Independence Day – July 4th 2013
As we celebrate Independence Day on Thursday, perhaps it may be helpful to take the time to reflect on the meaning of “independence” and it association with “freedom”.
Perhaps the greatest freedom that man has ever sought is not from oppression by government, or class, or poverty or ill health, or difficult personal relationships. As important as these forms of oppression are, scripture clearly shows and aligns with our personal experience, that the greatest oppression that man can experience is that of sin; sin that we afflict against ourselves, our families and friends and ultimately against God Himself.
Thus we find that throughout the ages mankind has attempted to find freedom from the oppression of sin through a wide variety of spiritual and carnal pursuits. These struggles from the oppression of sin have one thing in common – abject failure. The glorious truth of the Good News of Jesus Christ is that the oppression of sin has been broken for all who believe. As the apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:1-2 (KJV),
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Paul then goes on to expand upon the consequences of this freedom in Christ. He writes in Romans 8:31-39 (KJV):
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now that is real freedom!
As you celebrate Independence Day on Thursday can you also say that you experience the eternal freedom in Christ every day?
May the Lord bless you and your families this Independence Day and let us keep our military men and women in our most earnest prayers.