“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2
As we approach July 4th, America’s Independence Day, let us keep in mind what we are truly independent from. While we remember and honor those who have fought and died for the freedoms of our country, albeit slowly eroding freedoms, there is a point in time long before 1776 that deserves our daily focus and thanks.
April 3, 33 A.D<http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/04/april-3-ad-33>. The death of Christ on the cross was our declaration of independence from condemnation.
So we again acknowledge sacrifices made on our country’s behalf by the men and women of our nation’s military - past, present and future – yet, the freedoms here on earth will never come close to the freedom Christ offers.
We can know God is still in control of this country(Romans 13:1-2) and must pray for our country and its leadership fervently, without a doubt(1 Timothy 2:1-2). “Perhaps there was a time when a higher percentage of Americans were believers, or when Christianity had a deeper cultural influence. But there was never a time when America acted as a fully Christian nation, for nations of this earth cannot do so.” -Thomas S. Kidd
We cannot let the glory and honor and thanks that we are to offer to the Kingdom of God, a kingdom that cannot be shaken(Hebrews 12:28), be directed toward a worldly nation that already, like we the people who comprise it, is in desperate need of God.
If you have not accepted this freedom offered and given by Christ, do not linger.