Independence Day

8 Freedoms to Thank God for This Independence Day

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and announced the separation of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. With this, a new nation was formed—the United States of America. History verifies Thomas Jefferson as the composer of the original draft. Once completed, Jefferson submitted his draft to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams for their changes. Eventually, it made its final destination to Congress where it was amended for the last time. Today, we see in its detailed wording why Congress was declaring independence from Great Britain.

The most quoted line from the Declaration is "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Our forefathers were declaring they not only deserved freedom, but were willing to continue fighting for it.

Freedom is a great definition of independence, as it is the result of the choices we make in our life. The power of choice is one of the greatest freedoms we have in our country, and knowing where to find it is important, as we see in Proverbs 2:6: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Let's review eight freedoms we should all celebrate this July 4th.

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237 Years After the Declaration of Independence

Our Creator the source of individual rights? Our courts and culture regularly deny Him. The right to life? The Supreme Court has rejected that right for the unborn at any stage. Liberty? We are trading it for license. The right to happiness has been supplanted by a right to do whatever you want to do and all must approve.

Freedom and Families

Tomorrow is July 4th, Independence Day, the day we celebrate our American heritage of freedom as well we should. But over the past 237 years the meaning of freedom has morphed. We equate freedom with the ability to choose what we want, when we want it, where we want it, how we want it, and with whom we want it.

On the Fourth of July, Welcoming New Americans

The Fourth of July is a great time to remember the unique contributions of new Americans in our midst. Each year the United States welcomes roughly 80,000 refugees from around the world. These refugees come from conflict zones in Burma, Iraq, Somalia, Eritrea and the DR Congo, among many other countries.

Dual Citizenship

This Independence Day we can remember that our citizenship in America can teach us valuable things about our citizenship in Heaven.