For many years, I took for granted that we would always have freedom in the USA. It may be my age, or it could be that I finally realized through study and awareness that national freedom can be fretted away. Great men like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Fredrick Douglas remind us that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
I am aware that God can work in any country regardless if the citizens are free or enslaved. Paul may have done his greatest work writing the Epistles in the Roman prison, and John Bunyan during his twelve-year jail term wrote one of the great Christian books, Pilgrim’s Progress.
I believe that God wants His people to be spiritually free and also experience freedom as humans. God listens to those in bondage, and some of the greatest miracles were observed as God delivered His people from Egyptian bondage. Israel still observes this deliverance known as ‘Passover.’
Deliverance was seen in our country as people sought relief from excessive taxation, and the result was the greatest freedom ever known by citizens of a country. Around 200,000 patriots, which were ten percent of the population, fought to secure independence. In July, we will have celebrated Independence 238 years. That date signifies that the Continental Congress approved the final recording of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776. But this was not the end of important documents.
The Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution in 1791. These ten rights have given us immeasurable amounts of freedom. Some of these are the Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Petition, The Right to Bear Arms, The Right to Equal Justice, and The Right to Own Private Property.
I for one enjoy living in the land of deliverance instead of a land of bondage. Let’s not take our spiritual or national freedoms for granted.
Happy Fourth of July!