Dear Church Family and Friends:
Are you ready to celebrate the fourth of July? Yep, it is already upon us. We are halfway through 2013. As we gather to honor our nation’s Independence Day, we must consider all that God has given to us. We have the freedom to speak, the freedom of the press, the freedom of religion, the freedom to vote, and we have the right to keep and bear arms. We also have the freedom to not do any of those things should we choose. But one of those is more important than all the rest and that is the freedom of religion. We get upset because it seems that our rights to worship and praise God are being infringed upon on a daily basis. Our Supreme Court has ruled out prayer from our schools, students are getting in trouble for mentioning God in their graduation speeches, and some are even getting in trouble for including Him in their homework assignments. We are told that if we are Christians then we are intolerant of others because we believe that there is a God and that He is the only God. Also, that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to Heaven. This gets us steamed when people portray is as being uncaring and segregating, and we want to strike back. At this time let me switch gears and remind us that we have taken for granted our freedoms and now because of our inaction we seem to be losing those rights. We only need to look at the children of Israel (God’s Chosen People) and see what happened with them when they failed to exercise their rights to worship God and have a relationship with Him. They were allowed to be overrun, exiled from their land, and they lost the privilege of being the messengers of the Gospel when they would not recognize Jesus as God’s Son.
Of all the freedoms that we are granted by our nation’s Constitution, let us not forget to worship and serve the Living God. Let us not forget that Jesus Christ is Lord and He is God’s Son. Let not our hearts grow cold but stay in communion with the Holy Spirit and keep strong in our freedom of religion.