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Pastor Feddern July 2017 Letter

The Price of Freedom:

         

Independence Day (the 4th of July) in the United States of America celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, PA.  Among the tyrannies the American colonists declared themselves free from England were commercial exploitation, arbitrary government by remote control, and taxation without representation.  Independent nationhood also implies freedom for something—freedom for a country to determine its own affairs, freedom for its citizens to make a decent living, to educate their children, to pursue happiness, and to worship God.

 

The price of these freedoms can be measured by the lives of those men and women who’ve paid the ultimate price in service to the United States of America.  Since the Revolutionary War until the present conflict in Afghanistan, over 1 million U.S. military personnel have died to preserve the American way of life, freedom, and liberty.  These ideals are even inscribed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA:  “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10 KJV)   

 

As Christians we are the beneficiaries of a greater freedom—the freedom from the curse of the Law, the power of sin, and the fear of death.  The freedoms Christ won for us came at a great personal sacrifice—it cost Jesus His very lifeblood on a cross at Golgotha, outside the walls of Jerusalem on Maundy Thursday.  Jesus told the disciples before His death, “13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” in John 5:13. 

 

Because of Christ’s work of redemption, we are free to pursue something as His children—free to hear His Word, follow His Word, and free to serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.  Jesus promises us, “31b “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (John 8:31b-32).

 

 Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you—Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom…

 

“Happy 241st Birthday America!”

 

Pastor David A. Feddern