The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, because of the Christian reminders that come with it.
1. The 4th of of July can remind us that our nation was founded by men who recognized God was their Creator.
The 4th of July celebrates the adopting of the Declaration of Independence by Congress on July 4, 1776. The document begins with Thomas Jefferson’s famous words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
There’s quite a bit to notice from this one sentence:
- The words, “all men are CREATED equal” reveal Thomas Jefferson did not believe in evolution.
- Thomas Jefferson believed men have a “Creator.”
- With the words, “endowed by their Creator” Thomas Jefferson gave credit to God for the “Rights” we have. He called them “unalienable” because he knew they were given by God and couldn’t be taken away.
Thomas Jefferson saw the authority for our freedom and liberty coming from God Himself.
2. The 4th of July can remind us of our true freedom.
I’m thankful for independence from Great Britain. But I’m more thankful for the greater independence Jesus has given us from the Law:
- Romans 10:4—Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
- Galatians 3:24-25—Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Our independence from the Law motivated Martin Luther to take a stand for the Gospel. The freedom we have as Americans is great, but the infinitely greater freedom we have is from having to be saved by works.