Happy Independence Day! It’s been a wonderfully lazy day for me so far, and I thank God for the freedom to have a day to relax.
This past Sunday, a young man stood up in church and read the Declaration of Independence. His voice cracked, and he was moved to tears several times, thinking about the great sacrifice many have paid that we could have this freedom. Because of his heartfelt reading, I paid careful attention to the words. The last words of the Declaration were the most powerful:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Here are three special words to think about this Independence Day:
Pledge – to commit by a solemn promise.
Do we Americans, we our divorce rate well over 50% and our debt sky high, commit much to anything? If we do commit, do we follow through?
Fortunes – wealth
Where do we put our treasure? Is our money all tied up in debt so that we could not live for God or others even if we wanted to? Are we willing to put our money where our mouth is, and support freedom – freedom here in America as well as spiritual freedom?
Honor – a good name or reputation
Here’s the word that really makes me think. We tend to think so lightly of our reputation, only thinking what gratifies me at the time, and not choosing to live with dignity and honor. Do we live with honor? Is being an American an honorable thing? If we are Christians, are we living in a way that will honor our Lord?
I hope you all can take a few minutes this Independence Day to reflect on our freedoms, and what it cost many. May you choose to live with honor, dignity, and integrity, and may you take your stand for right, no matter what the cost.