Independence Day?

This weekend the United States will celebrate Independence Day. Was England really the problem for the Colonialists back in the day, or was it something else? How about today, when there seems to be much talk about Blue states and Red states? Do we need another Independence Day? Or perhaps there is something else we need to consider?

God, Guns, Country

As much as we like to say that this country was God-ordained, I don’t see it. When I compare the Declaration of Independence to the bible, I find the case for cessation unfounded. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting for a moment that the King of England wasn’t a tyrant. Let’s simply let scripture speak for itself. Check out Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17.

What do we do now? Re-submit to England? No, but let’s at least acknowledge the facts for what they are: We did not have a biblical reason to break from England. Furthermore, I would distance myself from idea that the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” of the Declaration is the same God of the bible.

A Different Tyrant?

There’s a different tyrant that we should be more concerned with. Actually, two. The first is Satan who “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

But the real problem we have is ourselves. We are in rebellion, by nature, against our true king, Jesus Christ. The bible is clear, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” (Romans 3:10-11) This is no little issue, because there will be a day of judgment. “For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:30-31)

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:31

A New Independence Day

I am a born-again Christian, a genuine child of God. I (we) have a message for this world. We are ambassadors for Christ; God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Make today your true Independence Day. Walk away from your life of sin and rebellion. Give your full allegiance to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Your eternal destiny, either life or the lake of fire, depends on your active, willful, and deliberate walk of faith in Christ. It’s all-or-nothing, folks. You’re either all in, or all out. There is no middle ground.

Furthermore, you should know that you will be hated for your love of Jesus, just as the world hates him, without a cause. (John 15:18-25)

Look, the Founding Fathers of America signed the Declaration of Independence with this pledge, “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The reward for the Kingdom of Heaven is far, far greater than that of any republic envisioned by man.

He Is Worthy

But forget about the benefits of enrollment. Worship God because he is God. That’s reason enough, in and of itself. Trust me, one day every knee will bow to Jesus, whether you are alive or dead (Philippians 2:10-11). Honor him now, in respect and love, while you have a choice. Truly, one day you will indeed acknowledge him and agree that he is Lord. Your decision before you die will determine whether you join him in heaven or be sent with Satan to the lake of fire. Either way, you will honor God and his Son.

Make today a new independence day. Give your life into the hands of Jesus. I beg you. He was the only casualty needed for this revolutionary war. Don’t be a fool.

Father, I pray that this message will touch the lives of those who read it. Soften their hearts and open their eyes to your compassion and mercy. Let them know the salvation that Jesus provided for us with his blood. Amen.

Copyright © 2021 Scott Powers

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