Today, the fourth of July, Americans celebrate a huge success. This is the day we celebrate our freedom as a nation.
Our Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
We have been far from perfect as a nation. Greed and corruption will inevitably seep in to any form of government as long as humans are involved, therefore none are perfect. However, I'm proud to be an American. Today I celebrate the many great things our nation has done for its citizens and for other nations around the world. I feel blessed to be from the U.S.A.
But, more than that, I celebrate my freedom in Christ. My citizenship in the Kingdom of God supersedes my American citizenship. I have been made free in Christ...and that is true freedom.
As much as we might pursue happiness, we will never find it living apart from our creator. God formed us in the womb. He has a specific plan and purpose for us. It is only in that purpose, in that plan, that we will find abundant life, liberty, and joy in Christ.
No president, king, dictator, or emperor has the power to bestow that kind of freedom. Kings and kingdoms will come and go. But the Kingdom of God will stand for eternity, offering free citizenship to all who would come.
I'm proud to be an American, but I would be NOTHING without my relationship with Christ. No matter what nationality, ethnicity, or political persuasion...we can all celebrate our freedom today. Freedom in Christ.
Happy Fourth of July everyone! Happy freedom day.