Saturday, July 4, 2009
What Freedom Means to Me
Today is Independence Day here in America and I am thankful to live in a country with so many freedoms. I am thankful to be able to own a home, land, and some animals. I'm thankful that we can defend ourselves if we have to. I am thankful that I do not have to fear for my life when I attend church with my family. I'm thankful that I don't have to hide the Bibles in our home. I'm thankful that we can home school our children and train them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I am thankful that we can trust God for how many children we have and that the government is not putting limits on our family size. I am thankful that I can speak freely and share my faith in Christ. Of course, I'll admit that many freedoms are slowly eroding. We live in a society that insists on tolerance for every religion, behavior, or lifestyle, but when we talk of Christianity, somehow tolerance isn't exercised. The very existence of God is not tolerated. Our government believes that they can decide how best to spend our money, how to raise our kids, or how to protect us. I do not know how long we will be truly free, but I do know this. When we place our faith in Christ, we are declared free. Free from the bondage of sin. Free from eternal death and hell. Free from fear. Free to know the truth. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed(John 8:36). Praise God that we are free. Even if we lose our freedoms as American citizens one day, we are still free in Christ. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free"(Gal.5:1).