“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
John 8:32-36 KJV

As U.S. citizens we celebrate our freedom on Independence Day, thanking our founding fathers for giving us our liberty. As Christians we also celebrate our freedom in Christ and the sacrifice he made to set us free from sin and death. According to the encyclopedia, Independence Day is the national day of the United States.  July 4th, 1776 separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second According to the encyclopedia, Independence Day is the national day of the United States.  July 4th, 1776 Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  During the American Revolution, the legal Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.  Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.  Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. What does the Bible say about Freedom and Independence? There are no verses with “Freedom” or “Independence” in them. What about verses with the word “free”?  There are 58 verses in the KJV. Here are two verses to look at, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16 KJV  and, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV As American Christians we take so much for granted. We have freedom of speech. We have freedom to worship. We can attend the Church of our choice. Most of us have more than one Bible in our home. Some of us don’t even read the Bible we have. As Americans today, we believe we are truly free.  We are free to choose how we live, what we say and how we believe.  Some of us choose to live as husband and wife and others choose to live in same-sex relationships.  Others choose not to marry at all and live life alone.  Some practice freedom of speech, through radio and TV broadcasts, books and pulpits.  And others choose to keep their opinions to themselves.  Some choose to worship the moon and stars, idols and Satan.  And others choose to worship and follow God.  Today we all have the right to vote for our leaders and exercise our political freedoms. Our parents taught us to do as we please, live the way we want, within the law,  and be whoever we want to be.  The sky is the limit! Right?  But even though we have all of these earthly freedoms and have been declared independent, are we really free? In the book of Exodus, God chose Moses to lead the Israel people out of Egypt as slaves of Pharaoh.  They had been slaves for hundreds of years and wanted to be set free.  God heard them and decided to answer their prayers. In Exodus it says, “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:6-7 KJV  This scripture resembles the similarities that the people from the American Colonies must have felt when they were held in bondage by Great Britain.  They too were freed by God, when they were allowed to legally separate from them to practice their religious freedoms.  We can also refer to this scripture when African-Americans were freed as slaves.  They were also held in bondage for over two hundred years by a race of people who wanted to feel superior over them as well.  This scripture represents being physically enslaved and freed, but what about our spiritual freedom? When God created us, he gave us freedom of choice.  We can choose to believe in him or not.  To sin or not.  There is no gray area.  To live in sin is to be a slave to sin.  When we continue to make bad choices or do evil against others, we choose sin.  But when we live for God, we become free from sin and our spirit is renewed. It says in the Bible, “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:5-6 KJV  If we put our faith and full trust in him, without doubt, then he will provide a way out of them. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15 KJV  Like millions of Americans this week, my mind is on the Fourth of July holiday and what it represents: our freedom as a nation. This freedom is a precious thing, bought with the sweat, toil and blood of countless Americans who initially fought to obtain it as well as those who have fought to secure it in the centuries since that fateful day in 1776. Gratitude without measure wells up in my heart when I consider the brave men and women of the American military who, this Fourth of July, will be fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to combat the tyranny of terrorism. But even as I prize my freedom as an American, I am moved to consider a greater freedom, my freedom in Christ. It is the freedom that comes with being a disciple of Jesus Christ. “If you abide in my word,” our Lord declares, “you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” As you celebrate the Fourth of July, think of creative ways to make the “Declaration” of freedom in Christ to family and friends. There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience this freedom from sin and death that you have provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this I am very thankful. On this Independence Day I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted. May I always remember that my freedom was purchases with a very high price. My freedom cost others their very lives. Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and bounty meet their needs and watch over their families. Not many of us will create our own nation, but we all have a kingdom of the heart where we decide who will rule. The apostle Peter wrote, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” 1 Peter 3:15 KJV  “Sanctify” means to set apart Christ as Lord or Ruler of our life. There is something within each of us that longs to be in control of our lives. It may be only a small corner where we assert our spiritual independence and answer to no one but ourselves.But true freedom comes when we allow Christ to rule our hearts. History reveals that when a nation ignores God and rejects His Word, it reaps a bitter harvest.On this Independence Day, we in the United States are reminded again of the liberties we enjoy. For these we should be deeply grateful. But sometimes we take them for granted, displaying little concern for those who are not so abundantly blessed. We are becoming a nation of people who selfishly insist on our own rights, making unfair demands on others and not thinking of their welfare. Worst of all, in this clamor for personal freedom, we hear very little about the rights of God. We should recognize that He is the “Lord of the vineyard.” He expects us to produce the fruits of love and obedience instead of the wild grapes of ingratitude and wickedness. The Bible says, “And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.” Isaiah 5:2 KJV  As we thank God for our rights, let’s not forget the rights of God. Today, recommit yourself to living as one of God’s people. That’s the way to enjoy true freedom. So open your heart to Jesus Christ today because He is the One that died on the cross and shed His blood and paid the penalty for your sins so you could have that free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger


  1. Great post, Jeff! I just finished my message for this coming Monday and I talked about freedom in Christ. God must be speaking to us:) Have a blessed 4th of July weekend! Enjoy your liberty in Christ!

  2. Ben says:

    I appreciate your thoughts and gratitude for God’s gifts. I think we Americans conveniently overlook one important point.

    In the way that I understand Romans 13 it is sin for those American colonists to rebel against England because they felt they were unfairly taxed. For those that fled to worship God in the way that He commands, they are still subjects of England across the sea. No biblical authority advocates rebellion against a government’s authority.

    Not that we today hold personal responsibility for that rebellion, but we should recognize that the avenue of this national freedom came by sin. God be glorified by our choice to serve Him no matter our nation’s history.

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