We Americans generally know that in a few short days, we will celebrate Independence Day (i.e. 4th of July). I would have to imagine, given our nation’s political temperature and an increasing acceptance of more socialist-style policies, that we have done a less than stellar job of educating our younger generations on the real history and purposes of these incredible day.
For most of my life, Independence Day has been one mostly involving a day off from work, spending time with family and friends, cooking out burgers and hotdogs, slicing up and eating a watermelon, going to the beach, and capping the day off with either lighting a bunch of firecrackers or sparklers or driving to see a big fireworks show somewhere.
But nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago, on July 4th, 1776 and after more than a year of fighting the Revolutionary War against Great Britain, representatives of our thirteen colonies met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Continental Congress and formally adopted our Declaration of Independence. Since then, Americans have celebrated this day in various forms. But it was not until 1870 when the United States Congress established Independence Day as a holiday, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees.
Regardless of how you celebrate the day, the day is undeniably what marks the anniversary of our independence from Great Britain’s monarchial rule over the American colonies. And that is huge! It marked the start of America’s liberty from tyranny and the republic we still enjoy today.
But the question I ask in this post is, what represents real freedom?
Lighthouse Christian School is obviously and poverty christian. Meaning, as founders and leaders of the school, we, respectively, believe that Jesus is the messiah prophetically promised throughout the Bible by God the Father and strive to follow His commandments. Every day at Lighthouse, we have a chapel service and teach our students to pray. We also make no apologies about the Biblical worldview from which we teach all our classes. There is a feeling of freedom to be able to do this, despite continual cultural and political pressure to do otherwise.
From a personal perspective, when each of us accepted God’s gift of salvation through Christ, we found real freedom! That is the freedom experienced by anyone who has had the revelation of being born again and the knowledge of having eternal life through Christ.
This July 4th, enjoy time with your family and friends and make sure to celebrate the freedom in our nation that our founders fought and died for. But we encourage you to discover the real freedom found only in salvation through the death of resurrection of our lord and savior, Jesus!