Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States of America commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. Martin Luther King stated in his famous “I have a dream speech” Let freedom Ring! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_ZgSK9yIbk In the words of one poet who penned these words:
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
“I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze A young Marine saluted it, and then He stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud With hair cut square and eyes alert He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought, how many men like him Had fallen through the years? How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many Pilots’ planes shot down? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, Freedom is not free. I heard the sound of taps one night, When everything was still. I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That taps had meant “Amen” When a flag had draped a coffin of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard at the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, Freedom isn’t free!!”
Not only is our freedom here in America is not free but more than that our freedom in Christ was not free. Freedom is not the absence of responsibility; that’s chaos. Instead freedom, real meaningful freedom, is only enhanced by responsibility. We see this truth in redemption. Christ redeemed us at infinite cost to Himself so that we might be free to serve Him (responsibility). No one articulated this better than Paul when he said that he was no longer a slave to sin, but now that he’s been redeemed, he’s a slave to Christ, and to righteousness. Christ has bought us, both releasing us from the grip of sin and Satan, and setting us free to worship and find our joy in him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20King James Version (KJV)
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.