Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature. –Benjamin Franklin
Today is a day when many Americans celebrate their liberty and the birth of the United States with family get togethers, backyard barbecues, and evening fireworks. But let’s not forget the sacrifices that countless individuals have made to secure this freedom—the young men who fought on battlefields ranging from the American Revolution to Iraq, those oppressed or lost in moments of social reform. These are individuals that dedicated their lives to the preservation of righteous ideals, and they deserve our utmost gratitude. In a similar vein, Jesus died upon the cross to bring us freedom from sin, death, and the heinous grip of the devil. So today, take a moment to remember the privilege of freedom, not only of our constitutional freedoms, but also of the spiritual freedom secured for us through Christ’s death and resurrection “because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2 NIV).