“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
–The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.
When I think about what it means, Independence Day, I am a bit sad too I admit. This great country, how far it seems to have fallen. The beautiful freedom it was founded on, slowly crumbling away. When I think of those brave men who risked their lives so long ago; when I think of how blessed we are to be (like Israel) a nation that has for so long had God’s hand upon it. Born out of the Word of God, founded to glorify God….
What shall we do today to celebrate? We have a visitor with us from Spain until the 21st of this month. We will take her to the celebrations that she may see some fireworks. We shall thank Jesus for the freedom we have, in Him, for our liberty and the joy He covers us with.
Certainly I love this great country. I think of the many things there are to rejoice in: Freedom and liberty. Sacrifice. Integrity and courage. Honor.
Romans 13 tells us that, “All authority comes from God”
I want my children to have a love and appreciation (patriotism) for their country. But I want them also to know that it is not what really matters. This world is not our home. While we may love our country, and be proud to be Americans; we ought to stand firm and uphold all that the Word of God stands for. We must remember as, 1 Peter 2:11 reminds us that we are “aliens and strangers” in an unholy and ungodly world. We are FIRST, citizens of Heaven!
Let us remember however, as we joyfully celebrate the birth of our Nation, let is remember also to celebrate and honor above ALL over things our freedom in Christ and the sacrifice he made to set us free from sin and death. ❤
Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!