The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

According to Mark Parsec, Independence Day "celebrates America’s Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of England under King George." The Declaration of Independence of 1776, he says, was not intended to declare war with England, nor did it actually establish our country’s independence. The Revolutionary War which was fought for our country’s freedom did not end "until a treaty was signed seven years later on September 3, 1783."

Parsec says the purpose of the Declaration of Independence for the colonists was to declare "to the world their belief in a personal, infinite God - their Creator - who endowed them with certain ’inalienable’ or absolute rights...To the men of that time it was self-evident...that if the inalienable rights they were urging were not seen in the context of Christianity, then they were without content - illusions, and nothing but dreams. To have absolute rights our forefathers had to acknowledge the Absolute Authority of God."

Friends, there is no true freedom without God and His authority to determine the morality upon which the laws of our land are based. In God we find the basis for physical freedom; however we also find in the Lord the basis for our spiritual freedom. God’s provision for our spiritual freedom is found in His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

Actually, true freedom is not dependent upon the laws of the land or the nation’s constitution. Even in the most maniacal and strict of dictatorships Christ set’s his followers free. We are free from the condemnation of our sins. We are free to worship him in our hearts, even if it is not allowed publicly. Freedom is not just an American concept. It started with God.

This Sunday leads into the week in which we celebrate Independence Day. In our sermon we will view the freedom we have in Christ. Our sermon title will be Let Freedom Ring and will be based on John 8:31-36.

Come celebrate our freedom in Christ this Sunday at First Christian Church of Clovis, New Mexico!

Celebrating Liberty with you,

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