Over the next couple of weeks, we Americans will hear more and more talk of a patriotic nature. As America’s Independence Day draws close our hearts will turn to things that make us thankful that we are part of this great nation. I think it is worthwhile to be patriotic and to proclaim boldly your national pride.

One of the things that makes me proud of my heritage is held in the first amendment to the United States Constitution which reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” In short, not only am I free to worship how and where I want, the government is restricted in telling me how and where to worship, who to worship, and I also have the freedom to gripe about it if I so wish.

What’s even more amazing is that God has designed His plan in such a way that I have even more freedom than allowed me by the constitution. God wants us to be free to choose—and He gives us the freedom to choose, even if we choose not to follow Him. Certainly there are dire consequences if we choose the way other than God’s way, but we still have that freedom. In Christ we can be truly free!

“Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  —Paul (Galatians 5:1)