“Let Freedom Ring”
Inscribed on the Liberty Bell is a portion of Leviticus 25:10, instructions for the Year of Jubilee, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Indeed, freedom and liberty are central to how we define ourselves as Americans, as evidenced in the Bill of Rights, which outline the freedoms which we enjoy.
But no document, no matter how well-conceived and executed, can truly guarantee freedom. Jesus addressed true freedom in John 8, declaring in verse 36 that “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
“Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:35) Make no mistake: No matter what freedoms we enjoy, if we sin, we are living as slaves.
Real disciples, Jesus taught, hold to his teaching and know the truth, and it is this truth which sets them free (John 8:31,32). Are we real disciples? Do we study God’s Word, holding to its truth so that we experience its freedom?
This Independence Day, let us dedicate ourselves not only to living in the truth that sets us free but also to fulfilling the call to proclaim liberty to all the inhabitants of “the land of the free.”
Your greatest calling in life, your greatest privilege, and your greatest joy is to be an ambassador for Christ. The best way to carry out this calling is in the way that you live and the truth you proclaim.
Otis A. Fortenberry