Free Indeed!

As we celebrate the anniversary of our independence, we should take great care to express thanks to the One who gives it to us. Without His blessing we would not enjoy those liberties that are His alone to bestow.

It was Benjamin Franklin that acknowledged during the Constitutional Convention of 1787

I’ve lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth – That God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, – and I also believe that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our Projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a Reproach and Bye word down to future Ages.

– Ben Franklin Speech to the Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1781

As believers, it should also remind us of the liberty we have in Christ. This freedom is God-given and is not based on revolution, politics, or even the Constitution. Race, ethnicity, or nationality do not matter, and it is greater than any physical liberty we enjoy.

In John 8 Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. If the son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” By faith in Christ and the truth of His Gospel, we are liberated from the bondage of sin. We are free indeed!

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8 thoughts on “Free Indeed!

  1. Interesting how versed in the scriptures Franklin seemed to be. Here is what Wikipedia says about his religious views:

    “Franklin formulated a presentation of his beliefs and published it in 1728. It did not mention many of the Puritan ideas as regards belief in salvation, hell, the divinity of Jesus, and indeed most religious dogma. He clarified himself as a deist in his 1771 autobiography, although he still considered himself a Christian. He retained a strong faith in a God as the wellspring of morality and goodness in man, and as a Providential actor in history responsible for American independence.”

    • Franklin’s always interested me. He was good friends with George Whitefield, made statements about God’s intervention, yet considered himself deist. Interesting that he was one of the least religious of all the founding fathers, yet still saw providential work in America’s founding. He was certainly an enigmatic figure in some aspects!

  2. Amen! Good reminder about both our physical and spiritual freedom. Of course the only freedom that really counts for eternity is our freedom in Christ! Praise His Holy Name!

    God bless and have a great 4th of July!

    ~Ron

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