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The Source of True Freedom

4 Jul

The preacher noticed little Billy was staring up at the plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.

The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the preacher walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Billy.”

“Good morning, Preacher,” Billy replied, still focused on the plaque, and then he asked, “Preacher, what is this?”

“Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the brave young men and women who died while in the service.”

They stood together, soberly staring at the plaque. Billy looked shaken. Finally, in a voice barely audible, he asked the preacher, “Which service ~ the 9:45 or the 11:00?” (1)

Flag 1776Silliness aside, today we celebrate America’s Independence Day ~ commonly known as the Fourth of July. Many fine men and women have sacrificed for our freedom, so we can enjoy the freedoms we have in the United States.

Independence day is associated with parades, picnics, barbecues, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and especially, fireworks. But the heart of Independence Day is the celebration of our declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. Actually, the war continued to rage for years, and was not formally ended until a treaty was signed on September 3, 1783.

We must never take our freedom for granted. As historian David Barton says, “We continue to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Blessings such as these are not by chance or accidental. They are blessings of God. (2)

As Americans sought their independence from Great Britain, they declared their Christian worldview: their Creator, they said, had endowed them with certain “inalienable” (absolute) rights. Rights given to men by God. While it may be true that not every founder of this nation was a devout believer, our country was clearly founded on biblical values ~ Christian principles from the Word of God.

Sadly today, many of our leaders and politicians have all but thrown out these values and principles.

Lincoln's Bible

Lincoln's Bible

Our nation is suffering because of it.

The God that our forefathers looked to for guidance and protection is often scoffed at today, or simply dismissed as irrelevant. Secularism is tearing the fabric of our nation, and as a result, it is not only our foundational values that are being attacked, but also our economy, our families, and even our security.

Americans are a freedom-loving people, but today, many reject the source of true freedom. “So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” (John 8:36, Amplified).

President Lincoln knew the foundation for America’s freedom, and he encouraged people to reflect carefully on their relationship with God.  “It is the duty of nations, as well as of men [individuals],” Lincoln said, “to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” (3)

It is our joy to be Christians in a free land. Many would love this privilege!

We must unashamedly embrace our freedom in Christ and our Christian heritage. Our children and grandchildren need to see the power of the truth of God. Their future may depend on our faithfulness.

(1) Adapted from “My Little Sister’s Clean Jokes,” http://www.emmitsburg.net/humor/archives/clean/clean_10.htm

(2) http://wesleysocialgospel.blogspot.com/2009/07/celebrating-independence-day-christian.html

(3) http://www.quotiki.com/quotes/12812


Not of This World

10 May

Bulls and CowsWhat do you call a sleeping bull? A bulldozer.

What do you call a grumpy cow? Moooo-dy.

A bunch of cows and bulls are standing in a field. A huge gust of wind comes along and all the cows fall over, but the bulls just stand there, bracing themselves against the gale. All the cows stand up and go back to their chewing. Pretty soon, an even stronger wind blows through and all of the cows are knocked to the ground, but the bulls just munch on the grass. Next, a bona fide tornado comes through and all the cows are knocked clean into the next pasture. The bulls just say, “Mooo…”

Finally, one of the cows walks up to one of the bulls and says, “Moo? Is that all you can say? How come the wind always knocks us right over and you just stand there?”

“Isn’t it obvious?” the bull replies. “We bulls wobble, but we don’t fall down.” *

(Do you remember the commercial from the 1980s ~  “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down”? You have to remember Weebles, to understand that last joke.)

My (Dawn’s) friend Bill Carlson recently shared a quote on Facebook by Dennis Wholey that made me think:  “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good,” Wholey said, “is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.”

The point is, bulls will be bulls.

A few weeks ago, I watched a television program about some teenage girls bullying a religious girl. They thought she was weird. They didn’t “get” her. They mocked her and pointed fingers and spread gossip about her. I remember going through something like that myself. I kept thinking, That’s not fair!

Now that I’m older, I understand. People in the world are going to act like people in the world ~ worldly. Christians can’t expect the world to understand them.

We have two different worldviews, Continue reading

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