We Americans love our freedom. We love to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s freedom with fanfare, fireworks, food, and family…all for freedom.
The origin of this celebration of freedom is, of course, our freedom from the British Empire. But no one really celebrates that particular freedom anymore. Instead, we celebrate freedom of all kinds. On July 4th we celebrate the bigger picture of freedom.
Ultimately, Independence Day is a symbol of freedom from the slavery of the past and freedom to start something new.
The funny thing is that, even though we celebrate freedom, we Americans still mistakenly believe that we are enslaved to our mistakes. We celebrate the truth of our freedom while also believing the lie that we are slaves to our past.
Here are just a few of the enslaving lies we still believe:
- Once and addict always an addict
- I was born this way
- I’ve always been this way
- I can’t change
The beauty of Independence Day celebrations is that they remind us that we truly can be free from the slavery of the past and start to live a new life.
Freedom is at the core of Jesus’ message.
In Christ, we have the freedom to break from the past – from our past pain, from our past mistakes, even from our past identities. You don’t have to be the person you once were!
In Christ we are free from the slavery of the past. In Christ we are free to start a new life.
What past identity do you need to break free from? What past mistake do you need to let go? What past sin do you need to experience forgiveness for?
This Independence Day, don’t just celebrate our country’s freedom; celebrate your own freedom in Christ.
“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.” – Galatians 5:1 (NIV)