by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Although it was a very soggy 4th in my part of the world yesterday, once again here in the States, we celebrated our declaration of independence from tyrannical Colonial rule on July 4, 1776.
We put out our red, white, and blue flags, gathered with friends and family, listened to patriotic concerts that stirred our souls, considered the cost of so many lives given throughout the years to protect and defend the freedoms we hold dear, and oohed and ahhed over spectacular fireworks.
Perhaps amidst our prayers of thankfulness for sacrifices made to insure we continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave one nation under God, we prayed to God the freedoms we cherish will stand firm forever, will be protected, and never yanked away from us.
As we prayed, hopefully amidst our prayers was grateful thanks for the Savior who came to this earth, lived as a man among us, yet never sinned, and gave us the ultimate freedom from the tyrannical rule of Satan.
A man who willingly laid his life down on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, rose from the grave, and sits at the Father’s right hand pleading our case daily until such time God tells Jesus to go get his Bride. Us. Those who have pledged our allegiance to the Lamb of God.
When I considered what it means to declare independence from tyrants and pledge allegiance to Truth, I focused on the red, white, and blue colors of the American flag, then compared those colors with Jesus’ sacrifice.
Red is the color of Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary.
Blue is the color of the bruises that covered his tortured body.
White is the color of our sins which have been washed white as snow.
Red. White. And Blue.
We may pledge allegiance to many things.
Football teams. Schools. Churches. Jobs. Money. People. Governments. Political parties. Countries …
But our highest allegiance … our highest allegiance … belongs to Jesus Christ. The Victor, Conqueror, Mighty Warrior, King of kings and LORD of lords.
So when all is said and done, if others looked at our lives, where would they say our allegiance lies? What would they say takes higher precedence? Jesus? Or something or someone else?
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Because of this, God lifted Jesus high above everything else. He gave Him a name that is greater than any other name. So when the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow down before Him. And every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will give honor to God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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