Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Today’s Morsel: Known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies who were then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. (History.com)
Many have stated that America's independence from Britain was God ordained and that God had a purpose for this new nation. America has aided and helped many in her 240 years of existence. She has brought independence and liberty to so many others. And today, she fights to free many from oppression and captivity. And as long as she keeps God first, she will herself retain her independence. And so, as you celebrate today, remember that it is really Jesus who liberates us and give us our true independence.
Sing: In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me; as He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free; His truth is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah; Glory, glory, hallelujah; Glory, glory, hallelujah, His truth is marching on.
Thought For Today: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)