“With liberty and justice for all.” Do you recognize these words? This is the last phrase of the pledge of allegiance to the US flag.
On July 4, Americans celebrate Independence Day. This isn’t just another excuse to overeat and might explosive items after dark. Instead, it’s the anniversary of our country’s inception.
Do you know why July 4 is the day the call Independence Day? We didn’t actually become a new nation with the government free from British rule on July 4.
On July 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified by our forefathers. The infant nation had no formal governments or even a new name. It had citizens you had thrown off the oppression of a nation that taxed and took.
There is a spiritual parallel. Romans 82 says “Christ Jesus have made me free from the law of sin and death.” When a person admits their bondage to sin, they’ve taken the first step toward freedom. Acknowledging that only Christ can break those chains is the next step.
Unlike our forefathers who could to declare independence from their oppressors, we are powerless against sin’s bondage. Thankfully, Jesus paid the price by dying in our place (sin’s debt requires death). We can accept this payment on our behalf by seeking Christ through faith and asking him for eternal life.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (Gal. 2:4). At the moment we accept Jesus is substitutionary death, the Spirit seals us (Eph. 4:30) and we are no longer subject to the bondage of sin (Rom. 6:14).
My Independence Day came in October 1999. I have been free to live for Christ and not bound by the guilt of sin since that day. That is true liberty.
When is your Independence Day? It can be today if you accept Christ as Savior.