Pastor's Corner

3 Jul
4th of July

Mid-Week Challenge

In anticipation of the 4th of July holiday tomorrow I have been thinking a lot about freedom.  It seems like from the moment we are born we seek freedom from whatever restraints that want to hold us.  I remember watching my children fight for their freedom when they learned to crawl.  Every barrier we used became a challenge for them to conquer. Every teenager has sought their freedom. “I can’t wait until I’m 16,” is a thought we all had.  We might have even used the threat, “Wait until I’m 18!” How’d that turn out for us?  Remember 21?  It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it was going to be. And 40, well that wasn’t so hot either, but I’m glad I made it!  I have yet to reach the other milestones of life, but I’m fighting against the factors of time to do so! One thing I have observed is we never stop fighting for that next marker of freedom.  We exercise, try to eat and live right so that we can escape the restrictions of age.  I’m sure this is something experienced in all cultures but it is so well defined in the American way of life.  This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.  I have enjoyed watching the old footage and listening to the stories of those who were there.  One theme has continued to surface in each program.  Why did we spend so much time, money and effort to go to the moon? It was for freedom, of course.  We could not rest allowing even the bonds of gravity to hold us back! 

Freedom is a major theme in the Bible.  In Genesis we are introduced to the bondage of sin and as we follow the story of people the cause of all shortfalls was due to being captivated with sin.   More than death, the fallout of disobedience is living with the knowledge that it did not have to be this way.  In bondage we seek freedom, but something peculiar happens when we are freed.  At the first point of struggle our default reaction is to return to bondage.  Think about Cain and Able, Abraham, The Children of Israel, The story of the Kings, the first Christians, and the Christians of today.  There is a pattern in human nature.  The lesson, freedom cost something and it cost something to maintain.   

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” And long before Reagan’s observation John Quincy Adams said, “Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”   

This is a week to say thank you. Thank you to those who have gone before us. Thank you to those who protect and serve our nation today.  But most importantly to those who remind us in the good times what it has taken to be free.  It is in the good times that we tend to forget the price that was paid.  If we have never experienced true bondage as a people we slowly give ourselves over to it in the name of progressiveness or even social tolerance.  Before we know it we have lowered our spiritual defenses and the enemy moves in.   Paul reminds us “you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:20. As we reach another milestone of freedom in our country let us not forget our duty as a freed people in Christ.  Through our words and deeds who are we seeking to free today?  What battle are we willing to fight to preserve freedom this side of Heaven?  

 “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”  -1 Peter 2:16

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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