Can you believe that it is already July 2nd! I hope you are all going to have wonder-filled, fun celebrations this week.
While we are facing the craziness of all of this wonderful celebration, I find myself working hard to remember where it all comes from.
Really there are two kinds of freedom: The kind of freedom that the world celebrates and the kind that those who have been set free by the Savior Jesus Christ celebrate.
I know that is such a simple statement, but it is simple because it is the first simple mistake that we all make.
We all celebrate side by side, but some of us celebrating are loving “freedom” but not fully understanding what that freedom means. When this happens, the path gets muddy and we start to follow any leader that can attract our fleeting attention, whether they are good and true or not.
What are we supposed to do with this freedom?
I think we can be sure at this point that every junior high kid that said “it’s a free country” might not have understood the complete concept.
Let’s turn to the Bible to find the direction we seek.
1 Peter 2:16″Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”
So, I’ll keep it simple.
We are to be the example of freedom, true freedom.
Yes, we are free to do anything and this freedom will make our choice to do the things that “show proper respect” and “love the family of believers” and “fear God” and “honor” the government, stand out.
We are free to choose because God wanted our love to come from our choice, not from oppression.
This freedom is truly beautiful and worthy of celebration!
Have a beautiful celebration in love with God!
Love you all,