By Ken Crawford, Pastor Chrisman Baptist Church
We obviously owe a huge debt of gratitude to America’s founders who risked their property, reputations, and lives to express their opposition to Britain’s policies, to call for independence, to fight a war to achieve this objective, and to craft a new nation that has defended and disseminated the principles of freedom around the globe.
Not surprisingly, four of the principal founders were the first four presidents of the United States: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all served effectively as the nation’s chief executives, setting precedents and establishing policies that placed the fledging country on a solid foundation and helped ensure its stability and success.
The most quoted line from the Declaration is “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.”
Freedom is a great definition of independence, as it is the result of the choices we make in our life.
The power of choice is one of the greatest freedoms we have in our country, and knowing where to find it is important, as we see in Proverbs 2:6: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”
On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. On July 8, they read the same declaration out loud to a church congregation in Philadelphia and rang the Liberty Bell.
The Liberty Bell serves as a road map to the event as it occurred in our history.
Blessed as a republic, the inscription at the top of the bell is “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof” Leviticus 25:10.
As Christians, we stand on the principles of faith and have the choice to pursue happiness by living out our faith through the right to worship and prayer according tour our beliefs.
We also have the right to speak freely and openly about our opinions, beliefs, and faith.
It is far too easy to take this freedom for granted and to become complacent.
Our freedoms are still vital and protected when it comes to preaching the gospel.
We are blessed to live in a country in which evangelism is not only tolerated but protected in our founding documents.
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
Our freedoms are still intact… unless we allow them to be taken away.