BY: LAURA DRIVER
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BIBLE TEXT: So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom! –Romans 6:15-18 (MSG)
History. I love it.
American or world history, recent or ancient, it doesn’t really matter. John and I could probably spend life in complete isolation from the rest of society as long as we had the History Channel (well, that and UT football). My nerdy self once received a subscription to Civil War Illustrated for Christmas …excuse me while I tape the bridge of my glasses.
Revolutionary history is one of my favorites and that is what this weekend is all about: independence, throwing off tyranny and conceiving a new way of living — a life bought with blood, ideology, and the power of the pen. What I wouldn’t give to peel back the curtain of time and be in the room where men so boldly staked their claim for freedom — for themselves, their children, and generations to come. But, more than looking back, I wish I could know the minds of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Sam Adams. If they could flash forward into the future and reflect on the nation they helped create, what would they see? Would they be tempted to chart out all the successes and failures of our country? A list of pluses and minuses for each time we got it right and each time we, as a nation, failed miserably?? If our forefathers were mapping the history of the nation on the whiteboard would we have more wins or more losses?
PERSONAL APPLICATION: We, as Christians, often reflect on our own personal history much the same way I imagine the founders of this nation would do: we mark the wins and losses, the successes and failures, thinking that these make up the sum of our Christianity, the sum of our lives, and thus our worthiness of a loving God. Let’s not fall prey to the trap of condemnation of measuring ourselves only by personal victories and failures. Our history needs only to be defined by the moment we encountered grace. It is our personal Declaration of Independence — the moment we are free from tyranny and walking in freedom through Christ. Serve Him well, love abundantly. Celebrate your freedom from a past no longer defined by personal success or failure.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for this great nation and the freedoms we enjoy. Thank you for the sacrifice of men and women who have paid such a high price for it. Bless them and their families with peace and grace. Let me operate today in the freedom that only you can give. Let me see my history through your blood — not by the times I have failed or the times I have managed to get it right. Your grace is all that matters — help me to walk worthy of your sacrifice today. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wife, mommy, cook, crossfitter, crafter, and lover of books who does the corporate thing Monday through Friday.