No. No. No. And, no.
It’s Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving Day, and National Cheesecake Day. All are recognizable without mentioning the date (did you know about the cheesecake day?).
So, please, don’t call Independence Day, “the 4th of July.”
Independence isn’t just another day on the calendar – the 4th day of the 7th month of the year. Only ________ (fill in the blank) shopping days left until Christmas. Or until National Cheesecake Day.
Independence Day is huge, meaningful, a blessing from our gracious God. Independence Day marks the birthday of our nation and her many unique freedoms. America is not perfect, but we remain free.
Just how free are we? Increasingly, Christians are less free to express the faith and teaching of God’s Holy Word. Increasingly, Christians are marginalized, ostracized, criticized, and harassed for words that are not their own, but God’s.
Regardless of the continuing drift of our country and its moral moorings, God’s people must remain faithful. For their (our) own sake. For the sake of those around us. King David knew this well: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
We certainly don’t view Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter as mere days on the calendar. These events have great meaning for us.
So it is with Independence Day. Treasure the freedoms God gives through our nation. Fight to keep our nation free. Take advantage of the religious freedom that remains to spread the amazing message of the greatest freedom of all – spiritual freedom in Christ Jesus.
Enjoy Independence Day. Enjoy freedom every day, whether political or spiritual. Seek to set others free with the Gospel. Oh, one more thing – I am free for National Cheesecake Day on the 30th. Cheesecake Factory, anyone?
God bless America! God bless you!
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand