Dwelling on the 4th of July weekend brought many thoughts to mind about our freedom as a country, as American citizens, and as individuals in Christ. The first thoughts that came to mind were of America's freedom and the price it cost hundreds of thousands of soldiers from all military branches, all ages, race, and sex. Freedom, as they say, is not free. Sure, maybe it is for us but that's because we're reaping the benefits and blessings of a generation before us that gave their lives for that freedom. What are we doing now for the generations of tomorrow?
"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." (Galatians 5:1).
Galatians 5:1 reminds us that the first act of sacrifice in exchange for freedom was demonstrated by Jesus Christ. He chose to give His sinless life as a sacrifice on the cross so that we might have forgiveness of sins and eternal life in Him. It is Christ that commands that we lay down our lives and make sacrifices for those we love. It is His example and His commands that make up the foundation of America and the principles used by our Founding Fathers to establish this Nation.
Notice the last part of Galatians 5:1, which states "stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." It's an outright cry that we not allow ourselves, individuals who have been set free in Christ, to be sucked back into the guilt and burdens of our sin believing that all freedom and hope is lost. Christ paid the price, don't refuse it, stand up for it. The same can be said for the freedom we have as Americans. Men and women have fought to set us free, so why are we letting ourselves be talked right out of our freedoms?
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate the freedom we have and honor those who died protecting such a freedom. Let it also be a reminder of the ultimate freedom we have received in Christ. Above all, let it be a reminder that we are in fact free, but it is not free, it was bought with a price and will continue to require such sacrifice. Are we willing to stand firm?