What does freedom mean? — How do we celebrate it? — Will we protect it?
Today we celebrate the Fourth of July –– a day of family fun, fellowship, cookouts, and fireworks. A special day for us as Americans to celebrate the day our founding fathers won our independence from Great Britain. Men and women who placed God at the very center of their lives, and fought with great courage and determination for our freedom.
On May 24, 1774, Thomas Jefferson called for a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer. On April 15, 1775, the Massachusetts Congress, led by John Hancock, called for a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer — just four days before the official start of the Revolutionary War. And on May 15, 1776, General George Washington called all officers and soldiers to honor the Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, that all may call on the Lord, the giver of victory.
“Do we fully grasp the significance and privilege of the freedoms we have been given?”
“Do we take our freedom for granted?”
As Christians and Americans, we have the privilege of enjoying many freedoms won by brave men and women throughout history. Courageous women and men who sacrificed so much — often giving their lives, to obtain and defend the freedoms we enjoy today.
Therefore, we not only have an obligation to claim our freedom –– we have a responsibility to understand it, embrace it, celebrate it, and protect it.
In America, we have free access to Bibles and Christian literature, we can freely assemble for worship, and share our faith and beliefs with others openly. We are free to pray in public and serve God without fear of persecution. But, we must be aware, we could easily lose these privileges and freedoms if we refuse to stand firm in our commitment to value and protect them.
One way we can protect our religious liberty is to educate ourselves on the beliefs and values of our political leaders running for public offices. When we exercise our right to vote for candidates who will join us in protecting the moral standards and principles found in God’s Word, we protect our freedoms as Christians and help ensure these privileges will still be available to our children and grandchildren, as well as future generations.
So, join me today in celebrating freedom! Honor the men and women who’ve fought for it and support those who continue to defend it with their lives! Pray daily for our nation and make a pledge to exercise your right to vote every chance you get!
How are you celebrating freedom today?
Article: History of Prayer in America, http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/history_of_prayer_in_america