“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The Declaration of Independence called for separation from British rule and equal status as a sovereign nation. The intent of the founding fathers was clear. The compelling reasons for such revolutionary action were spelled out plainly and persuasively. They boiled down to this:  “A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

Hunger for freedom compelled the patriots to rise up against the tyranny of the British government and fight for independence during the Revolutionary War. The words of Patrick Henry exemplified their spirit and their passion: “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

Individual freedom was more than just a cause to the patriots: it was an unalienable right granted by God Himself, a right that no person or government should be able to take away. “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.”

They believed these words so deeply they were willing to sacrifice their lives to establish freedom as the cornerstone of our nation. 

Our nation’s history proves that freedom does not come without a cost. It rests on the shoulders of sacrifice, sacrifice that breaks the hold of tyranny and ushers in a new way of life.  Those patriots who fought valiantly, who shed their blood for the cause, achieved their purposes. Their victory secured freedom. They dissolved the political bands tying them to British rule and established a sovereign and equal nation. 

For Christians, the bravery and resolve of this country’s founders moves us deeply. The liberty they secured, and which has endured to this day, points us to an even greater story of sacrifice and freedom. 

The Bible tells us that we all were in bondage, prisoners of sin and under a death sentence. Paul put it this way in Galatians 3:22-23: “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.”

 Jesus let the Pharisees know in no uncertain terms that “everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). To set us free, Jesus paid the ultimate price to dissolve sin’s hold on our lives.

 Human effort and resolve could not break this bondage. Our spiritual freedom required the work of God Himself. These verses explain: 

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Hebrews 9:15 

But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

Galatians 4:4, 5 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

1 Peter 1:18, 19 

Thousands of Christians live defeated lives, yet they long to experience spiritual freedom. Spiritual bondage is common in the Christian world today. Many Christians have allowed religiosity to replace a pulsating relationship with the living Christ through the Person of the Holy Spirit. Deep within each heart is a longing to be free, to totally rest in the unconditional love and acceptance of Jesus Christ.

 Jesus sacrificed Himself to set us free: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

 Once a person experiences that freedom, they never want to go back to spiritual bondage and self-effort.

 

 

For more information on this subject, a suggested resource is Live Free (CDLF).