To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:31-36)
Today we celebrate the birth of our nation. The United States of America. A nation like no other. A nation that draws people around the world, seeking freedom, to work, to worship, to live as they choose.
With freedom comes responsibility. We are responsible for our words, our actions. We are accountable for how we live out that freedom that is so dear to us.
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. (Galatians 5:13-15)
I have been praying for my country for many years because I was concerned for the future of America. Long before the current upheaval there were many things that concerned me about this nation and the road we are on.
Lord, I trust You.
You brought this nation into being.
You will preserve it or You will allow it to destroy itself.
Either way – I TRUST YOU. I trust Your plan.
Lord, show me my part in Your plan.
I still pray. I pray that people will recognize what a gift our freedom is.
I pray that people will come to know the “Source” of our freedom – for to be free in Christ is to be free indeed.
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. (I Peter 2:16)