Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are Freedom and Independence the same?


Do you value your freedom? Your independence? We celebrate Independence Day on July 4th in America because we are no longer ruled by the English Crown. We can be freed from many things; abuse, bondage or slavery, imprisonment, and debt to name a few. We can become independent of things such as The Monarchy, our parents or a relationship. But, are the words freedom and independence interchangeable?

In some cases yes, but not in all situations. The Bible says in John 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." We long to be made free through the acceptance of Jesus; being relieved from the bondage of sin and the guilt of condemnation. Can we insert the word "independent or independence" in that sentence? Let's see. We long to be made independent through the acceptance of Jesus. Won't work! Accepting Jesus means we become "dependent" upon him to free us from sin.

I think we should create another holiday called "Happy Dependence Day". Let's celebrate it every day instead of just once a year. I've been ruled by my Heavenly King for many years and I'm satisfied with his government. The freedom I enjoy for simple belief is astounding! Let freedom ring!

Happy 4th,
The Happy Handicap

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