Freedom from Tyranny + Freedom from Sin

There’s a joke that’s been going around for years: “Do they have a Fourth of July in England?” Many Americans respond, “No,” but the answer is, “Yes, they have a fourth of July everywhere – they just don’t celebrate American Independence!”

[Although July 4 is the day we set aside to celebrate America’s freedom from Great Britain, that really should be celebrated on July 2, the day in 1776 that the Second Continental Congress voted to be “free and independent states.” July 4 is the day they approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence, which wasn’t signed until August 2.]

For me, July 4 is a day of double celebration. Not only is it a national day to celebrate freedom, but it is also a personal day to celebrate freedom because I was baptized on July 4 (1965, when I was 15 years old). America’s declaration and subsequent war for independence set us free to govern ourselves. In baptism, Christians are freed from sin and from the constant drive to “make things right” with God. Christ has made things right through His sacrifice, and we are joined to that sacrifice in baptism and become children of God.

We are free. As a nation, we are free to choose our leaders, to worship as we wish, to say what we want to say, and to exercise many other rights and privileges. As God’s children, we are free from the chains of sin and death, free to live as people of the light, free to live forever in the presence of our God and Savior. Praise God for freedom!

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About Martha A. Moore (M.A. Moore)

I used to define myself as a writer who worked in other fields for a living, but I've come to realize that I'm a teacher who likes to write occasionally in my spare time - which is not the calling of a full-time writer. Up until this year, I served as a classroom teacher for more than 30 years; this year I became a school administrator at a nondenominational Christian school in southeast Washington, DC. I'm an active member of Lutheran Church of the Cross-Missouri Synod in Rockville, MD, where I worship with my daughter and my three-year-old and seven-month-old granddaughters. I am also an active member of Vineyard Via de Cristo, and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. I sometimes write songs for VdC and for friends in Scouting. I've also written plays in the past for my church youth group and for some school students to perform. I am in the midst of rehab after open heart surgery in July 2017. I believe in God who is my Father and my Creator, God who is my Brother and my Savior, and God who is my Comforter and my Advocate - and God has made it abundantly clear that He believes in me and is always with me, whatever I may be going through. Soli Deo Gloria!

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