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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – July 2, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – July 2, 2020

July 4, 2020

By Jodie Montgomery


Happy “Independence Day”! This 2020, it seems odd to celebrate independence when so many are so restricted by a pandemic and socioeconomic barriers. I do not FEEL freedom. The Fourth of July was first celebrated on July 4, 1777 when, in Philadelphia, Congress was adjourned to celebrate the first public readings (July 8, 1776) of the Declaration of Independence. The first celebration was marked with bonfires, bells and fireworks. Independence Day became an unpaid federal holiday, along with Christmas, New Year’s and Thanksgiving, in 1870 (the paid holiday in 1938). I am not sure when people started eating hot dogs and burning the hair on their knuckles with sparklers. I am not sure when purchasing fireworks got connected to birds and crop care.


Independence Day commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States. The Declaration stated that the American colonies were free, no longer subject to Britain. The War following this declaration was considered by many to be an insurrection by American Patriots. The War demonstrated the growing tensions between the residents of Great Britain’s American colonies and the crown. As I read up on a little history, I am reminded that the first “Independence Day” celebration occurred when the people celebrating weren’t really independent. The hope of independence was sufficient for celebration.


Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.


Romans 8:20-22  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.


Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.


John 8:31-32 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”


The believer has been set free in Christ and is anticipating Christ’s return when the yoke of slavery to sin will be truly lifted. Happy Independence Day!