I’m a patriot at heart. I love the celebrations that honor our military, our leadership and our country. Some call me soft, but it doesn’t take long for a tear to push its way out of my eye when our national anthem plays or our flag flies.
Part of my patriotism is rooted in the word Liberty. Defined, Liberty is the state of being free. It is the ability to move and breath within the environment that is set up for protection. In politics, liberty consists of the social and political freedoms to which all community members are entitled. In theology, liberty is freedom from the bondage of sin.
Maybe that last definition of Liberty is what chokes me to weep. Seeing our flag reminds me of the flag of victory Christ waves over sin and death for me. Hearing the anthems wells feelings of joy that I am part of a group, a community, a family in America and in God’s family. Taking a step back and watching others operate in their freedoms helps me understand that all are love by the Lord and are offered freedom and liberty through his son, Jesus. (John 3:16-17).
In response, I can turn my focus not on myself, but on others. What would it look like if our political candidates would be reminded of the same?
In the King James Version, Galatians 5:13 says, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
Loving and serving is how your liberty takes wing. Carrying each others burdens and praying for all people is how your liberty has impact. Trusting in the lord above all things is how your liberty best shows its bright side.
This fourth of July, celebrate God’s blessing of liberty to your country and for your life!
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