INDEPENDENCE DAY

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

 

The previous quotation is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Shown in this amendment is one of the premier reasons why our fore fathers fought for independence from Great Britain.  These men desired the freedom to worship God as they deemed and not as any government demanded.  The government was not to regulate a certain religion or any religion.

What if?  What if the government ceased control and began to dictate the religion in which we could participate?  What if the government ceased control and began to support one central religion?  What if the government ceased control and began to limit those who could worship?  What if the government ceased control and began to dictate where one could worship?  What if the government ceased control and began to limit when one could worship?  What if the government ceased control and outlawed the public reading of the Bible?  What if the government ceased control and outlawed the reading of the Bible in our homes?  What if the government ceased control and outlawed the teaching of the Bible to our children?

What if we choose to implement these regulations on ourselves?  The end results would be the same.

Thanks be to God that we live in a country where we are free to serve and worship the one, true God.  But if we fail to take advantage of our freedoms it is as though we did not have them.  Can you imagine, on the Day of Judgment, standing beside a Christian from a time or a place that did not have these freedoms?   Can you imagine God’s response to those who have the freedoms and fail to use them?

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:22-25).

The Hebrews writer gives insight to gains received by the faithful worshipper of God:  When we worship we are drawn closer to God and to His family.  When we worship we are drawn away from the ways and worries of the world.  When we worship we are drawn deeper into the word of God

When we worship we are made stronger in our daily walks of life.  When we worship our faith is strengthened.  When we worship desire to remain faithful is strengthened.  When we worship our view of Heaven is clearer.

When we worship our love for the brethren is made stronger.  When we worship our concern for our brethren is manifested.  When we worship we strengthen, encourage and exhort the brethren.

On this Independence Day let us remember the freedoms we have and rededicate ourselves to fully utilizing our freedoms.

 

                                                                                                Tim

 

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