Despite the fashionable clamor to cleanse our nation’s historical iconography of any vestige of a Christian Worldview, the task of erasing scripture from our national monuments is monumental. For example, the Liberty Bell at Independence National Park in Philadelphia draws its name from its inscription,”Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof. (Leviticus 25:10)”
As you gather with friends and family this Fourth of July weekend, take time to follow this admonition. Proclaim liberty to the captives – proclaim a freedom which is beyond political choice and personal freedom. Remembering the scriptures;
“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Be intentional about practicing hospitality this weekend and over the holiday with those the Lord has placed in your sphere of influence. Proclaim freedom in Christ to unbelievers, disbelievers and believers alike.
River City Reformed will not meet this Lord’s Day, July 2, but will meet next Lord’s Day, July 9, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions. We look forward to seeing you then.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here…. that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
Lincoln’s words, spoken over a 150 years ago at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and Battlefield, apply equally to every other battlefield at home and abroad where our forefathers, our family, and our friends fought and died for us.
If these words are true of those who gave the last full measure of devotion for our political freedom, how much more for the one who “shared in our flesh and blood [and] likewise partook of the same things [we do] in order to destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Hebrews 2:14-15) The Bible says that Jesus Christ “disarmed the [evil demonic] rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him [through the cross.]” (Colossians 2:15)
As you gather with family and friends this weekend and over Memorial Day to remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion for our nation, use this time also to declare the good news that our greater brother, the Lord Jesus, gave the last full measure of devotion and then rose again in power to grant us freedom from our mortal enemy and new life both now and forever more, free from the enslavement of sin. The Bible reminds us that “it is for freedom that Christ set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)
River City Reformed will not meet this Lord’s Day, May 28, but will meet next Lord’s Day, June 4, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Let me encourage you to use this Lord’s Day evening as a time to practice hospitality and share the gospel with those whom the Lord has placed in your sphere of influence.