Christians have their own 4th

Tue, 06/26/2007 - 5:48pm
By: Letters to the ...

In just a few more days this country will be celebrating what we call the Fourth of July, our Independence Day. As Americans we realize the very word independence means to us freedom. This freedom began of course by means of the Revolutionary War struggles against England, due to high taxes, and a hope by the colonists for the separation from the heavy hand of the ruling monarchy.

The war, like all wars, was bitter, and long, which also resulted in a very heated contest between two opposing armies who were both bound and determined to gain victory. Finally, after many years of sacrifice, and with much bloodshed, the dreams of independence were achieved for the Americans.

To the Christian, as we look back to the time we were converted from the bondage of sin, that day marked our independence, day one. We as Christians can now look forward to every day of our lives, realizing that each day that comes the reality of liberty in Christ is ours to enjoy, for in Him, we are set apart or sanctified, by His sacrifice of blood.

Where is our freedom found, that independence for the soul, from the wages of sin? Jesus said it best in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus further stated that this truth is found in the words of the gospel, John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Come this July 4th there will be loads of fireworks being shot into the wild blue yonder to celebrate this American holiday. The memories of the sacrifices and suffering by others so that we might gain our physical independence has almost faded into obscurity. We think more than not of picnics, sunny days, and baseball.

But, if we have obeyed the gospel as taught in the Bible, we are beginning our independence day until we reach our promised home in heaven. When I think along these lines, the fireworks of my mind shoot skyward, rejoicing for my true freedom in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Larry Clarke Sr.

Senoia, Ga.

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