Scriptural Truth – Our Independence
We are quickly approaching a day which changed the course of history and this great country we live in. In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. This holiday of July 4th has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1941 but the roots go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. We as citizens of this country too often take for granted the freedoms we have and the sacrifices made in order to preserve them. One such freedom we have is that of religion and being able to worship the one true and living God. In the book of Acts 8:1 and 11:19 we read of Christians being persecuted for their belief of God. People were being beaten, placed into prison and even put to death. Despite what lie in wait for these first century Christians they persevered and pressed forward declaring their declaration of independence from the tyranny of Rome and the heathenistic ways of so many during this time. These people understood the love of God and knew that nothing could separate them from that love Romans 8:35. To take for granted the sacrifice of Christ was not even a consideration for them nor was the denying of themselves to assemble together to reinforce their faith and conviction. The holiday of July 4th is a way in which this country is able to come together in remembrance of our independence. It serves as a reminder of our declaration against Britain and the blood shed to keep this freedom. The first day of each week, Sunday, is a day where the saints are to gather together offering praise and worship to God and partake of the communion of our Lord. All are reminders of the love of God and a declaration against Satan and sin. Yet many today have fallen away from this time of being together with each other and the Lord and take pleasure in worldly activities. The brings about the question of is it any wonder why the very freedoms which we wanted as a country in 1776 are now being threatened to be taken away? It’s time to remember our freedoms, it’s time to re-engage in the fight against sin and the tyranny of the ungodly. It’s time for the saints to reassemble in worship as God wants and be untied with him. Until next week this is the ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.