Grace Baptist Church
Do you know these men— Stephen Hopkins, George Read, and William Ellery?
It is hard to believe that it is the end of the month and now halfway through 2017! And it does not seem possible that this weekend is the 4th of July Weekend.
But this is the time that we as Americans can and should celebrate the privilege that we have of living in a free country.
It seems that most people take this freedom for granted. It is assumed and expected. It is abused in some ways. And many are fearful that our true freedoms are being taken from us.
Be that as it may, we have what most of the population in this vast world would love to have—freedom!
I am grateful for our freedoms. I am patriotic. I love the annual fireworks displays. I love some of the songs that speak of our freedom in America. I thank God for the privilege of living in this country.
But freedom is and was costly.
Do you remember these words, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Those are, of course, the final words of the Declaration of Independence. Have you read that document in recent years? If not, then perhaps you should. I read it and was reminded of the foundations for the battle for our freedoms. It is humbling to read. And it is even more humbling when you realize the cost of freedom to the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Do you know these men— Roger Sherman, Francis Lewis, Thomas Stone?
How about these men— Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Carter Braxton and Button Gwinnett?
Now you see it if you did not earlier. These are some of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. And yes, it was costly for them and so many others—more than even history can ever tell us.
I am thankful for men and women throughout history who have served, fought and died for our freedom. Thank you to each of them.
And yet there is a final thought. Though we live in a free country, the majority of people that you know and who live in our country are not really free. They are bound by sin. And they need true freedom that is found in Christ alone. So, while you celebrate our freedom, remember that only we as believers are truly free. Give thanks to Jesus Christ our Savior. And pray for the lost, those who do not have freedom.
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” [C.T. Studd—missionary to China, India and Africa]
May we be grateful— and salt and light…and sacrificial!
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.