Independence Day and freedom

Freedom_cage1Freedom \ˈfrē-dəm\ noun “the quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.”

Today is my nation’s birthday (and my Canadian friends celebrated theirs on July 1st). This is a day we celebrate our freedom. But it’s a lot bigger than nations or holidays.

The reason my country became great is because everyone has a deep desire to be free. And every country that promotes freedom will become a great country. This is because God made us this way. God is the freest being of all. And He made us in His image, so we were meant to be as free as God is free.

And God is love, and perfect love can only exist between free people (Perfect love between the Father, Son, and Spirit is expressed within the Godhead). So Love could not leave us in our fear and bondage. He sent an exact representation of Himself–His eternal Son–for us. Why? Because He loved us that much (John 3:16), so that we could experience freedom and live free forever.

He did it to bring us into this eternal fellowship of love and freedom that has existed between the Father and the Son in the Spirit from before the foundation of the world (John 17:24).

This is why Jesus came. To invite us to this dance.

Not to put us under a new yoke of religion, but for freedom…

“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.” (Gal.5:1 NIV)

“So if the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NIV)

Where do we find this freedom?

“Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.” (2 Cor.3:17 NIV)

So, open your heart to Him and be free!

Here are some articles I wrote that elaborate on this freedom:

On this holiday weekend that we traditionally celebrate my nation’s birth here in the USA, I cheer on all free people, wherever you may be in the world–from every nation, tribe and tongue–you are free in Christ! Hallelujah! Celebrate your freedom!

And you are loved more than you could possibly know (but it’s so much fun trying!)

Be blessed,

Original image in graphic found here

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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4 Responses to Independence Day and freedom

  1. Kip says:

    Thank you!

  2. It’s such a blessing to live in a country where we have religious freedom and along with that, we have true freedom in Christ. So many believers around the world are not so lucky (and my parents weren’t either, which is why we moved here). It’s important to remember that what we take for granted so easily is something people around the world would do anything for. Great post!

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