Freedom.

That’s what we rightly celebrate on the 4th of July in America.

It’s not only the anniversary of our nation’s birth by freedom from what we judged as wrongful rule over us, it’s arguably what most defines us as a nation. We advertise it to the world from Ellis Island to Tinseltown, USA. Freedom is our greatest attribute and, thus, our greatest ironic threat to slavery. For, because so many of us are free to (fill in the blank) we are less likely to ask ourselves if we should.

With so much freedom to do, say, go, and be as we choose here, what will you or I choose today?

In Galatians 5:1, the Apostle Paul writes, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” And he’s not talking about slavery to mere political, financial, social, or psychological powers. He’s warning us against slavery to ungodly and unable masters – people, principles, possessions, etc. – and encouraging us to seek freedom by our willing slavery to Jesus, who alone can forgive our self-indulgence and transform us to delight in and do His good will.

Chaplain Jeff Dillard