Americans are celebrating independence and freedom on this July 4.
For those living stateside, rather than a commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, the day seems to center on customs of celebration. There’s a distinct look to the holiday: stars and stripes everywhere, parades, fireworks, picnics, a short work week and the kick-off to summer festivities in earnest.
There’s freedom, and then there’s freedom
We thought we’d ask an expatriate Christian working with International Media Ministries in Europe to reflect on the concept of freedom today. Denise Godwin says when you look at liberty in the context of the Bible, this is her first thought: “I keep going back to the verse in Galatians (5:1), ‘It is for freedom (that Christ) has set us free.’ And I’m amazed that these characters that we’ve told their actual historical stories are saying things like, ‘I’m a Christian, and I can’t be called anything else. It doesn’t matter if I’m persecuted.’ That IS freedom.”
She’s quick to point out there is a difference between liberty and freedom. There’s liberty, as an American understands it under the Constitution, there’s freedom, and then there’s spiritual freedom that goes beyond the situation. “My circumstances aren’t as important as the Truth–and God says I’m free. I can face this challenge, even though I don’t like the situation, because Christ is with me, and He is greater than the circumstances and facing. It’s an incredible concept.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama