Celebrate your freedom this Fourth of July

Margaret Brackett Contributing Columnist -

The United States celebrates Independence Day and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July. We as Americans acclaim our freedom and independence on the Fourth of July to take time to remember those who gave their lives so we could be free. The price for our freedom was paid with the blood of our American soldiers on many battle fields. It is because of that spilled blood that we are free.

It is also time to think about everything our flag – the “Stars and Stripes” — stands for and represents. The American flag stands for freedom. We are free to travel where and when we please, go to the church of our choice. Our country allows freedom to enjoy modern technology and every modern convenience available.

We need to be aware of and thankful for all our American flag represents. Our natural freedom has been bought and maintained on many different battlefields. Because of these brave men and women, the American flag now waves over “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” In the natural, our flag and what it represents ensures that you and I live in a free society.

Our freedom is not free. Our country’s freedom is based in part upon the sacrifices of 56 men—the signers of the Declaration of Independence. They were well-spoken men of means and education. They had financial security and solid reputations. But they valued liberty and freedom more than all else.

What happened to these men? Five were captured by the enemy and tortured as traitors before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned, two lost sons serving the Revolutionary War, Nine fought and died in the Revolutionary War.

The greatness of this nation is determined by what we the people are willing to give. We must not forget those who fought for our independence and we must continue to honor and respect our veterans and those who still fight for freedom. We must realize that for both our spiritual freedom and our natural freedom a price had to be paid. Jesus Christ died to set mankind free from the bondage of sin. On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation’s mutual freedom.

As we celebrate Independence Day, we want to remember all of our service men and women who are still in harm’s way protecting us and fighting for our freedom.

We also need to be aware of and thankful for all that the Christian flag represents. The Christian flag is a white flag with a field of blue in the upper corner. On that field of blue is a red cross which represents the climax of the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ when He died on the Cross of Calvary to purchase freedom from the law of sin and death.

In the natural, we live in freedom because of what the American flag representing “in God we trust,” with 13 horizontal stripes, alternate red and white, and the union of 48 stars, white in a blue field. And because of that which the Christian flag symbolizes; we now live in spiritual freedom.

In conclusion, you see, our natural freedom was established by the blood that stained the battlefields of the world. But our spiritual freedom was established by the blood that stained Calvary’s hill, the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is one thing to be free in the natural, but it is another to be free spiritually. When we understand our freedom in Jesus, every day is Independence Day.

So as you watch fireworks on Fourth, take time to think about the cost of freedom. And thank God for those who have given so much so that you and I can live in freedom. Remember all our service men and women who are in harm’s way, protecting us and fighting for freedom.

Margaret Brackett Contributing Columnist
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