Two Freedoms From God

3 Jul

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, the day in which we celebrate America’s independence.  People will grill out, spend time with family and shoot off fireworks.  Yet, while these are great things, we should remember 2 important facts:

1. Our ability to celebrate the 4th of July is a result of the vision, action and courage of those who fought to create a new nation.  And not only this, but the freedom we have as Americans has continued to be protected by many others who have gone before us and continue to fight for this nation.

2. Ultimately, the fact that we exist as a nation, have the freedom which we enjoy, and have the history we can look back upon is all due to the grace of God.  It was God’s sovereign choice for us to be a new country and exist as we have for 235 years.  Apart from His enabling and ordaining, the United States would not be.

And it is these two facts that drive us to recognize just how rebellious from God we are.  When we recognize that everything we have as citizens and residents of the United States is of God, and that we have shunned Him and His ways, choosing our own instead, we see that we are wicked, arrogant, ungrateful sinners before a gracious God. Not only that, but since He is a perfect God, both in His love and, yet also in His justice, we will be judged by Him and found guilty; for which the punishment is death (eternal separation from God and suffering in Hell).

Yet, there is good news.  While we celebrate our nation’s freedom tomorrow morning, we can also celebrate a freedom that is even greater; that is the freedom we have as Christians who have been set free from sin and rebellion against God.  This freedom, much like our nation’s, came with a price.  The blood of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, was shed for us, that the power of sin and our flesh might be defeated and that we might live satisfied lives in all God, in His great mercy and grace, is for us in the Son (Galatians 5:1).  Read these passages and remember the freedom you have in Jesus Christ:

“There is therefore no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirt of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2).”

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6)” 

Remember the two freedoms you have, both of which are from God.

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3 Responses to “Two Freedoms From God”

  1. David Best July 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Some of my friends would see this a little bit differently. It could it be said that “Our ability to celebrate the 4th of July is a result of the vision, action and courage of those who fought to create a new nation, and the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Africans and the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans.”

    Only looking at part of our history could give people the impression that we as Christians are unconcerned or ignorant of this history.

    I’m sure this is not your intention. Just pointing out how some people would view this.

  2. Tyler Helfers July 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Thanks for the pointer. It was not my intention but I understand what you are saying about the viewpoints of other people. You might get yet another perspective from the British, against whom we fought. The imperfections of man and how he governs, both in the past and present, are evident across history.

    That being said, I would consider it a stretch to tie in American slavery, oppression and the annihilation of Native Americans to a struggle by colonists for freedom from Britain. In my opinion, the 4th of July is a celebration of the actions of colonists in which they fought for freedom and penned two historic documents: The Declaration of Independence and (subsequently following the war) the U.S. Constitution. Horrible atrocities such as the killing of Native Americans and slavery would, to me, be fruit (subsequent actions/events) of this nation, like everything else in our nation’s history. Bad fruit, but fruit nonetheless. And therefore, I think these things are distinct from the colonists’ struggle for independence from Great Britain and freedom to govern themselves.

    Thanks again for the post and the thoughts. I think there is a need for people, especially Christians, to know and understand history as well as present their thoughts and beliefs clearly to others. Thanks for helping to refine and clarify what I am thinking! Look forward to seeing you again Tuesday!

  3. David Best July 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I see what your saying about our struggle with Briton. That would be a stretch, though slavery and the land taken from the Native Americans did help finance the war, and was occurring well before the War started.

    However, you allude to these troubling aspects in our history indirectly in your next paragraph when your discuss our rebellious nature.

    Good blog post. Keep up the good work.

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