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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July! I know many of you will be celebrating today by enjoying time with family and friends. Today is a day set apart to remember the day our founders drew a line in the sand and said things would never be the same.

Sometimes I think the 4th of July has become like Cinco de Mayo where most people are not exactly sure what we are celebrating. It was not the beginning of the Revolutionary War, nor was it the end of the war…far from it. It was not connected to the constitution either.

The 4th of July is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The decision was hotly contested among the delegates from the thirteen colonies, and it was not the foregone conclusion we often think it was. The vote for the colonies to declare their independence from England was actually taken on July 2, 1776. Two days later the document was adopted. Much blood and treasure would be spent to support that decision, and it was a significant moment.

I suggest that day still resonates with us today because we want to believe those types of events are still possible. We like the idea of people believing in something so much that they stake their present and their future on their belief. That commitment can still change the world today.

Sacrifice is not a foreign concept to us. It is who we are as followers of Jesus. We worship someone who did not shy away from sacrifice. In fact, Jesus embraced his death because He knew in dying our death, He was actually wrapping His arms around all of us. We were worth the effort to Jesus.

Yes, we know what sacrifice is. As we celebrate today (and maybe for a few more days), may we remember the founders who thought liberty was worth it. May we also celebrate the freedom to worship a Savior who knew we were more than worth the sacrifice.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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