Independence Day

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  on July 4th in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read, voted on, approved. With that declaration, the Continental Congress announced the thirteen American colonies were no longer a part of the British Empire.

There have been two times when I was not in the United States on July 4th. My first birthday, when we lived in Morocco, Africa, and when I toured Greece. Obviously, the first time I was oblivious, but the second time it was a weird feeling. Don’t know why. Just was. Felt strange not to be putting out the Stars and Stripes, or wearing red, white and blue.

The Declaration of Independence, penned by Thomas Jefferson and approved by committee, justified the independence of the United States by listing colonial grievances against King George III. It asserted America had certain natural and legal rights, including the right to revolt.

Among the most famous words of the Declaration are:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

As I mention on my bio page, my dad was a member of the US Navy when I was born in Morocco, on the USAF base near Rabat. Although I was born in Africa, I have a birth certificate issued by the US State Department, which proves I am an American citizen.

While my earthly citizenship is in the United States of America, my eternal citizenship is in Heaven, courtesy of Jesus Christ. I am a joint heir with the King. That’s where my first allegiance lies.

America’s freedom from tyranny was purchased at the price of many lives on both sides of the battlefields that spread out across the thirteen colonies.

Christian’s freedom from the tyranny of sin was purchased at the price of one life on the cross of Calvary.

Jesus Christ is the true Declaration of Independence.

But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. Philippians 3:20(MSG)

I wish you well.



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