“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…” (Luke 4:18)
Every year on this day, we as American citizens are bombarded with images and sentiments of this country’s greatness. However, there are many who are a bit disturbed by the contradiction of celebrating independence in a country that abused the human rights of others, most notably African descendants. To many, the American flag actually looks like this…
Not even a few seconds after scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook this morning, I see posts that communicate the disapproval of celebrating the 4th of July. Some seem quite valid considering this country’s treatment of not only African’s, but other minority groups as well. Some other posts reek of bitterness as go as far as discouraging black people from celebrating this holiday. While practically any opinion regarding today can be justified, the important question to ask yourself as a Christian living in the United States is “What does today mean to me?”
The beautiful thing about God’s Word is that it gives us the right attitude to have about any subject. Read the words of Jesus again in the opening scripture. Did you notice that He used the word liberty? While many are waiting for the full realization of America’s self-proclaimed liberty, Jesus already made it clear that He was the one to bring the people liberty. The Bible says “…Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). If you study this verse in the original Greek text, you’ll find that the word used for freedom is the word eleutheria, which means liberty to do or omit things having no relationship to salvation. In Christ, every limit has been removed! It doesn’t matter what the government has done to you or your ancestors! God has given you liberty and to think that you are disadvantaged in any way is to walk in unbelief, which is offensive to God. The Bible says without faith is it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Facts are facts. No, this country doesn’t have the prettiest history and I will never dispute that. However, I have enough of an understanding of the Word of God for myself to live above what man has done and continues to do. We were never told in the scriptures to look at any government as the source of our freedom, but to look at Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Therefore, today I’ll be celebrating a different kind of freedom. I’ll be out in the streets today with my church brethren, distributing copies of our ministry’s daily devotional and telling people about the liberty in Christ Jesus.