Who said that?
Of course, it was none other than the venerable leader of the Autobots and holder of the Matrix itself, Optimus Prime. He was a wise bot if I ever knew one. *puts away his nerd flag.
Freedom. What is freedom?
Freedom as defined by Merriam-Webster is
1 : the quality or state of being free: as
I was inspired to share a brief Saturday post on why Independence Day is so much more than fireworks and BBQ’s. Of course we all know the history. On the 2nd day of July, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a statement, a declaration of independence.
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”–John Adams
First, a few things. They agreed to have a vote for freedom. Doesn’t that sound sort of odd?
“All those in favor of being free from tyranny and oppression, say “aye”. All those opposed say, “nay.” You think anyone voted nay? Can you imagine one dude just standing strong with his vote of “no freedom” from the British Empire?
It had to have been a unanimous vote, right?
Also, he says the day should be commemorated by, first, solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. Today and the next day, and the next we will devote a moment or moments or an hour or ten to God in thanks and gratitude for what He has done for this country. We do this by praying, singing, laughing, living. We are to appreciate this freedom. We are to enjoy this freedom.
The U.S. was virtually held against its will. These men made the decision to be free. They already had freedom to do so, obviously. They had the choice, and they followed through with this choice. But while they were deciding to put this on paper, there were so many men young and old fighting for that freedom. They gave their very lives up for it. They paid with their lives. They paid with their blood. What follows is history.
The Father and Son were in commune with one another one day in a place where there is no day or night as we know it. The Father spoke. “They are captives. They must be freed.”
“I will go,” the Son said with thunder in His voice. He came to Earth as a man and paid the price for our freedom. It was the ultimate price. His life. It was the only way that we could be freed from ourselves–from our sin. He paid with His life. He paid with His blood.
The day Christ freed us from the power of death itself was greater than any independence day in any country. So we should do likewise to celebrate His declaration of independence in John 8:36: So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
I love the way He often “says it like it is”. When we were held against our will to sin, there was a vote–and it was unanimous.
As the song below says, …”freedom came when I gave it all away.”
Yes. There is being free from a monarchy, praise God for that, and there is freedom from sin. Freedom from death. Independence day for the believer is every day. It is every moment when we feel the weight of guilt trying to hold us down. It is every moment when fear and doubt attempt to overtake us. It is the very moment when we are made to believe that our value is next to nothing. When our families seem to be against us. When our own bodies feel worn and tired.
Jesus paid for our Independence Day. When we were slaves to sin, He came and broke those chains forever. He melted those bad boys down.
Let us be grateful to the men and women who continue the fight, regardless of whether or not we agree with the reasons. Let us celebrate our independence.
The song is an older one, but it has always been my favorite. I seriously get excited when I hear it, because the words are so very true. Pop open a cold beverage, crank the tunes, wave your freedom flags…and smile. You have been freed. Happy Independence Day.
Is that fajitas I smell?