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It’s easy to forget about other places in the world when we are shopping for groceries, picking up the mail, and driving to doctors’ appointments. When we are deciding whether or not we should sleep in or go to church. When we pick out our clothes for the day and pour glasses of safe drinking water from our sink.

Even in 2013, the world is not a free place. Long after slavery and religious persecution have ended in the United States, many people are still striving for a lifestyle that can never truly please them.

On Independence Day, we should celebrate the fact that as Americans, we are free to express ourselves in ways that other people in the world can only dream about. Let's have gratitude for those who fight for our freedom around the world, and those who work for social causes around the world.

As Christians, we can think about freedom in a more global context. We can think of our freedom as Christians as the freedom to overcome the world and all the temptations and lies that it tries to enslave us with.

Matthew 11

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

John 8

New King James Version (NKJV)

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Source: Biblegateway 

This Fourth of July, let's celebrate our freedom in a local context and a global context. Let's celebrate the fact that this world, full of persecution and hatred, has no power over those who believe in the risen King. Let's pray for those who are punished in this life by unjust governments and extremist ways of thinking. Let's pray that they will get to know true freedom someday.

This post was written by Emily Haymans

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