Freedom Comes With a Price Tag!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
July 5. 2009
1. Freedom Rejected!
A) Bound by Sin
B) Blinded by Sin
2. Freedom Recognized!
A) The Life that Appropriates Truth
B) The Life that Celebrates Truth
3. Freedom Received!
A) Jesus is the Person
B) Jesus has the Power
In the summer of 1776, the Second Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House (later called Independence Hall). On June 7, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia stood and read his resolution:
"Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
The die was cast and on June 11, 1776, a committee was formed with the express purpose of drafting a document that would formally sever the ties of the colonies with Great Britain.
On July 1, Congress reconvened and the following day the Lee Resolution for Independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies. Immediately, Congress began to consider the Declaration drawn up by the committee. Then late in the afternoon of July 4, 1776 the document known as the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted as church bells rang out over Philadelphia.
Listen to these words:
"We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (July 4, 1776.)
And these concluding words:
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
And 56 American heroes signed it... for which most of them paid with their lives and fortunes.
I love America. I love my country. I am grateful to be an American. I love America, but I do not love everything about America. I love what this nation is, but I do not love what this nation has become.
Many of the politicians of our country disappoint me, the "political correctness" trend and mindset of our country disgusts me, many decisions of the Supreme Court distress me and the moral decline of our country, as well the liberalism of our churches disturb me.
Yet, in spite of all its problems, I love my country. I am a very patriotic person. I still get goose bumps when they play the national anthem. I still get a lump in my throat when I see the American Flag flying high.
I still straighten up with a feeling of respect when I see a man or woman in uniform and it is hard to keep tears from coming to my eyes when I say the pledge of allegiance or sing the "Star Spangled Banner."
When it comes to the American Flag, I not only am proud to stand and say the pledge of allegiance, but I also say with H.C. Bunner:
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