On July 4, 1776 the thirteen colonies of the United States of America ratified the text of the Declaration of Independence. In it, the Continental Congress explained why they voted on July 2nd to declare independence from Great Britain. Here are a few of those reasons: The king's refusal to pass laws unless the colonies would relinquish their rights of representation Obstructing justice Making Judges dependent on the king's will alone Keeping standing armies among the colonies in times of peace Cutting off colonial trade to other parts of the world Depriving colonists, many times, of Trial by Jury Transporting colonists overseas to be tried for pretend offenses Abolishing charters Declaring the colonies out of his protection and waging war against them Ravaging coasts and burning towns And, imposing taxes without colonial consent There were others listed, but these summarize many of them. The colonists recognized these offenses and desired freedom. They were not looking for freedom to do wrong, but freedom to live right without consequence. They weren't looking to dishonor America, but to raise the standard. The current tyrannical rule did not allow for that. You also are under tyrannical rule that doesn't allow for a raised standard. You are cut off from free trade with God. You are cut off from His protection. You are prevented from the ability to honor the King. But you can be set free. You can be protected from eternal punishment. You can have life eternal. You can honor God. Christ came to the earth and paid for your right to live with a higher standard. Just as many died in the American Revolution for their right to honor their country so One died in the pursuit of salvation and your right to honor the one true God ... and He also won. Galatians 5:1 and 13 says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free ... But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love." Our freedom in Christ is not freedom to do what is wrong. It is a freedom to live for God and serve Him knowing that you are no longer condemned. Today, thank God for the freedom to serve your country, whether as military or civilian. And, if you know Christ, thank God for your freedom to serve the one true King of the Universe, God Himself.