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This coming Thursday, the U.S. will be celebrating its birthday, the 4th of July or Independence Day. The day will be commemorated with fireworks, picnics, parades, family reunions, and many other celebrations! As a child, my parents always took us to the hills of West Virginia to a family reunion where we would spend the day with dozens of people I didn’t know very well. But, they were family and family means a lot. After that, when we were older, my parents would take us to town to see the local fireworks.
The 4th of July, or Independence Day, is a day when many will celebrate the freedoms we have in the U.S. Many of the freedoms you would not have in other countries of this world. A reality check, to me, says that no other country has the freedoms and opportunities we have in the U.S. Yet, are we really free? No, we really aren’t.
We have laws, rules, and regulations which govern our society. Pretty much whatever is needed to make life liveable, and safe is governed by laws which in some cases restrict our freedom. While this isn’t a political post nor about the government being too large or too many laws, I’m making the point about freedom. We aren't totally free. However, these laws are needed to have a polite society.
Though we love our country and the laws allow us some freedom, there is another, even more important freedom, which no matter what laws are country passes, it cannot give you nor can it take away. Nor, can you find it in other countries. It’s the freedom found in following Jesus Christ, becoming a Christian.
All of us have things in our lives we have done or unintentionally done, wrongs in our lives which weigh on us or drag us down whether we know it or not. This is called sin. These sins burden us causing us to feel guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed. Whether we realize it or not.
Yet, God provided us freedom from our sins and the guilt it gives. He gave His Only Son for us to offer forgiveness for what we have done.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16
Freedom. The best freedom we can find is by accepting Christ as our Savior and following Jesus. To learn more, visit Peace With God.