Our appreciation for the freedom we have in America is perceived differently by different people. If we bring this subject up at coffee, the coffee may get cold, but the topic will remain hot!
I would suggest a lighter topic for discussion, but at the same time, bear with me, this might be something to individually think about.
To simplify this controversial topic in my mind, it seems freedom is seen in one of three ways, especially with an upcoming election year, 2016: one, freedom is in such abundance, it is taken for granted and unappreciated; two, there is fear that individual freedom and fundamental American way of life is slipping away; or three, freedom is seen from a spiritual perspective, trust in God, knowing that ultimately freedom is found in him, and all things on this earth will work together in His certain, definitive plan.
I don’t know about you, but when I watch the news I get discouraged, and caught up in all that is happening in our country, and the world, even though I can’t control a thing. I need to be reminded to step back and remember to take a spiritual perspective. This verse helps; Jeremiah 6:16: This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
We know faith in God does not take away our need to think, act, and vote responsibly to help ensure individual American freedom—but God does bring us inner peace and rest, by removing the fear-based earthly perspective that makes us anxious and uncertain. Apprehension is all around us, but then, too, God is ever-present with us. (Eph. 3:20) God’s power is at work within us, as we walk through every day, come what may.
Taking a Christian stand isn’t easy, and it does not assure a trouble-free life on earth, but faith-filled freedom relies on something greater to guide and sustain us, Jesus! John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
God’s all-knowing presence sets us free in more ways than one, and for that I am thankful today. It gives us “independence” that is exceptional and consistent.
On the 4th of July, after you’ve enjoyed your friends and family, and eaten all you can; as the fireworks go off to celebrate all that America is, let’s use that time as reminder to remember who God is—the one who guarantees and enables inner peace and freedom!