Someone once said, “To be born free is a privilege.  To die free is an awesome responsibility!”  It was on July 4,

1776, that the Declaration of Independence was signed; which marked the birth of this nation, destined by God to be a

world leader.

            What we forget is that in declaring their independence from earthly power, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God.  The closing words of that historical document declared:  “With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred

honor.”             

            They were not wild-eyed pirates nor were they poor men.  They were men of means, wealthy men, landowners who enjoyed much luxury in their lives. They were not hungry men, but prosperous men, substantially secure in their prosperity.

They knew that to win meant years of struggle and hardship for the new nation and to lose meant the hangman’s noose.  These men considered liberty much more important than the security they enjoyed, and they pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause.  They fulfilled their pledge, paid the price and freedom was won.

 

            We dare not forget, freedom is never free -- it is always purchased at great cost.  These fifty-six men and more paid dearly that America might be free.  Where would we be today had not those gone before us considered the price of freedom and willingly paid for it?

            The freedom from sin and its power is ours because Jesus considered the cost and willingly paid the price.  We can be free from sin’s power, future judgment and some day sin’s very presence by asking for forgiveness, inviting Christ into our hearts and allowing His power to guide us in a life free from sinful practices.

 

            Where will we be tomorrow if men and women of integrity do not come forward to reclaim America?  Where will our children be in eternity if we do not lay hold of and live in the freedom from sin?  If we do not model a life free from the power and bondage of sin, what more can our offspring expect and receive themselves?

            Our forefathers knew the terrible price of our redemption paid by Christ on the cross, and using that example, they bought freedom for a whole country.  They were free spiritually and sought for national freedom 

 

-- Pastor Geyer