FTPD - July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

This week we celebrate our country’s independence by remembering an event that took place over 240 years ago.   A time when a few rallied the many to fight for freedom  and both as a people but also for one's personal freedom. 

As one of the founding fathers put it:

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. (Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence)

Since that founding we have not been a perfect nation.  Slavery, forced appropriation of land, a civil war, and detention camps have marred the history of America.  But, despite this, it has been used to thwart those who would seek to rule, dominate and essentially imprison those whom they conquer.  It has been used to feed the hungry and to try and bring freedom to those desiring it.

I hope that you will celebrate that which has been and is good about America.  But do so with an eye toward how we can continue to give hope to the hungry and freedom to those who seek it both around the world and within our own boundaries.

However, there is a freedom that is far greater than that sought by our founding principles.  It is the freedom that comes with Christ.  A freedom that knows no national boundaries or restrictions.  A freedom that can and does assure one of Life in Christ, Liberty of the spirit from the burden of sin, and the Pursuit of not happiness but holiness; that is the character of Christ.  And, as we seek this freedom, we will bring hope to our world and those who desire the true freedom of eternal life.

Might we be more passionate about the freedom Christ brings as we remember our freedom in America.

I leave you with these words: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jesus in the Gospel of John).

Pastor Bill Moore

Last Published: July 3, 2019 4:48 PM
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