In a land full of freedom fanatics and fighters, Independence Day has a meaning that has evolved over our short history. The first of our forefathers fought for our independence from England. The Civil War followed, when our country needed to decide if independence was for slaves too. Since then all our wars have been on the soil of other countries. All that is politics and power. And all of that pales in comparison to the plan God has for freedom.
Freedom really needs to be in the heart of each individual. Why? Because God calls us ALL to freedom. Every person, of every generation, race, creed, color and gender.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free…serve one another humbly in love..” Galations 5:13
Freedom is not about seizing power or gaining rights or recognition. Freedom is so much more. In God’s plan, we use our God-given freedom to love and serve. Not because we are opiated by our faith (think Karl Marx), but because God called us to be free, and what liberates our hearts from our own bondage is serving one another…humbly…in love.
Maybe you are a freedom fighter. Maybe you are a freedom fanatic. Perhaps you are member of the silent majority. No matter where you sit, or if you straddle the fence, you were called, by the God of the universe, to be free! How will you use your freedom today?