JBU - Tandy 150x150Most people love a good party.

We enjoy the people, camaraderie, food, games, fellowship, joy and fun that usually accompany a party.  This Monday, a lot of people will be partying including me. Whether you have a personal family celebration or partake in the church celebration at the Deffenbaughs, you are doing the most natural thing possible when you’ve been set free:  celebrate it and enjoy it.

Our nation’s annual celebration of our independence is so big that many people start the pyrotechnics weeks ahead of time!  My dog hates it for sure.  But, most everyone else gets it.  I know people who spend serious dollars on 1st class fireworks.  There will be countless family picnics and barbeques.  Why?  Because we’re free….and because we find small explosives entertaining.

Americans have always celebrated their independence—as well they should.

Though I’m sure the passion in 1776 went a bit beyond barbeques & fireworks.  It was probably a bit more intense because they understand more directly the value and the cost of freedom.  Over time we take for granted and abuse so many of the liberties we have.  We assume they have always existed and always will–when in reality neither is true.

Freedom is a pretty good reason for a party.  Graduation parties, retirement parties and even birthday parties all celebrate emancipation in some way.  Considering that makes me think the Christians really ought to be the most joyful people around.  We’ve been set free from sin and death.  We’ve been set free from the curse of Adam.  We’ve been set free from captivity.

Paul put it this way: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2)

This week as you think about celebrate the freedom you enjoy as an American, I hope you also take time to reflect, enjoy and celebrate the freedom you have as a Christian.  Your freedom, both nationally and spiritually, came at a price.  And because that price was paid for with a sacrifice, you can celebrate!  Freedom should be appreciated, celebrated, cherished and protected.

If you’re an American, you’re free.  But, if you’re in Christ, you’ve truly been set free!!