True Freedom In Christ

on Sunday 4, July 2010

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry stood in the pulpit of St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia and spoke these words: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God.  I know not what course others take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

At the time, there was some disagreement as to whether this budding nation should take up arms against the encroaching British military force.  The response from the assembled crowd that day was electrifying as men jumped to their feet and cried, “To arms, to arms!”  Within a little over a year, the Declaration of Independence was drafted, and thus our course toward liberty was set.

Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has set you free.”  Verse 13 states, “For you have been called to liberty.”  Our national liberty depends a great deal on our spiritual liberty.  Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Our responsibility as Christian believers is to personally walk in the freedom that we have in Christ, and then to pray for our nation and its leaders to return to our foundation of faith…”One nation, under God!”