It’s the 4th of July. Independence Day. America’s birthday.
Given that today is the 4th of July, I am going to break from what I PLANNED to write on and I am going to do a stereotypical 4th of July post about freedom. However, this post about freedom is going to have nothing to do with American freedom. If you know me well, you know that I am appreciative to live in a country such as America where the fiercest “persecution” I face for my faith is nothing more than being laughed at or left out. However, I also realize that with the legalization and popularity of Christianity, cultural Christianity runs rampant and authentic faith is almost nonexistent.
I also realize that with the freedom of our nation often we lose the true freedom of our faith as we become enslaved to cultural Christianity and idolized Patriotism.
Again, I am proud to be American and very appreciative of all that other men and women have done to let this country be what it is today. However, we must recognize that our citizenship as Christians is not American, but Christian and if we are going to positively change the world it will be through God’s vehicle and institution more likely than the government.
But today I want to talk about the true freedom found in Christ. Yes it is cliche, but far too often we forget what it means to have freedom in Christ. We are born in a sinful world, a world which was created perfect but through sin has broken relationships between human/God, man/woman, human/environment, human/animal. The whole world is enslaved to this tension and is looking to the ultimate liberation from bondage when Christ returns (Rom 8:21-3).
Christ freed us from having to “do enough” to try to please God.
The Old Testament had 613 laws which were to guide and instruct the Israelite’s in how they were to live. Every other world religion says do these things to have a chance to reach heaven. Yet God loved us so much that he sent his son to die for us in order to die on our behalf as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. When we are in Christ we receive freedom. We are free to live for him and are not bound by sin. We are free to serve him in any means we choose. We are free to use all the gifts and talents he has given us to glorify him. In Christ we find true freedom.
So yes, I am happy for a nation which I can worship freely in. But even more, I am happy to be able to freely worship in Christ as a son of God. Because while he does not need me in any way, shape, or form, he loves me and is willing to use me as a vessel for his glory here on earth.