As our nation prepares to celebrate its independence from England, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a country where we are free to live, love, work, and worship. Our hearts are thankful for past and present generations of brave souls who have ensured and protected those freedoms.
In Galatians 5:1 we read, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Because Jesus died on the cross, as believers, we can celebrate our independence every day, having been set free from satan’s dark kingdom into God’s everlasting Kingdom!
Do we stop to consider that while the majority of people living in the U.S. enjoy daily political and cultural freedoms, without Christ, they remain in a form of everlasting bondage? Are we fighting as hard for unbelievers to be set free from the yoke of eternal slavery as we are to protect our personal civil rights?
For starters, why would an unbeliever even want to convert to Christianity? All too often, being a Christian is understood by onlookers as being a bunch of stuffy, judgmental, rules-restricted, hypocritical church-goers. Christians appear to be anything but free with all the rules and rituals.
May the LORD cause us to be His Freedom Ambassadors, fighting to set people free from death and darkness by radiating Jesus’ light and love wherever He sets our feet in this country and to the nations. May our thoughts, words, and actions reflect the realities of God’s Kingdom where there is no hatred, no division, no jealousy, no gossip, no self-promotion, no sickness, and no lack. In their place may we sow seeds of unity, grace, peace, mercy and blessing! And may we have compassion for the captives as we lay down our lives for their freedom in Christ!
Others’ freedom will cost us something. Are we brave enough to fight for them?