The 4th is tomorrow and the sounds of freedom, liberty and revolution will be echoing across the plains of our great nation. People will be reading words of our Founding Fathers as they celebrate the heroic event wherein just a handful of people chose to sign a document in direct revolt against the Motherland and vow for freedom for the States.
This got me thinking. We have Easter, Reformation Day, Christmas. I suppose Easter would be the closest for a "4th of July" kind of celebration for Christianity. Celebrating Christ's death and resurrection, His denying death its sting and rising once again to be at His Father's right hand. But my question is... where are the Fireworks?
Do you suppose that God looks down from Heaven every 4th of July with a smile? Thinking, "Those American's enjoy their freedom (that I gave them). Celebrating those great men (that I created). And the founding of the nation (that I created). Reading the documents (that I created) through those men (I created)."
It just feels to me like we worship the Founding Fathers on the 4th a little too much. Granted this may not be the case in your circles, but I can guarantee it is across the nation. Shouldn't we hold this day in reverence to the One who created it all? Think about it! God created a handful of men to be born at roughly the same time, and to be sent to the exact same location at the exact same time to all have the heart for Freedom and revolution to all work together and to fight, then sign a document they were all apart of making!
Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!
So it brings me then to this thought: If as a nation we don't hold much Divine Reverence in the 4th. Yet we celebrate with massive explosions, tons of food, games, etc... What are we doing on Easter?
Yeah... an Egg hunt.
I'm not necessarily advocating we buy up a bunch of mortars and launch them off on Easter (Though... now I think about it that's a fantastic idea), all I'm saying is that we should check our priorities. Tomorrow you will be going to parties, celebrating, shooting off fireworks and having a grand 'ole time. I encourage you to do the following: Remind those around you of the majesty of our Nation, and how none of it, absolutely NONE of it would be here if it were not for God. And then try discussing the "Coincidence" of God creating so many brilliant thinkers and liberty-fighters at the same time so as to create this nation. Let's get talking about the stuff that matters.
The Founders wrote:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Christ HAS set us free. God created Franklin, Washington, Jefferson etc to free a nation. but God Himself freed our souls.
Live for freedom!