You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
– Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Author of Making Sense of the Bible
July 4th is a great celebration of freedom in the United States, but freedom is not the end in itself. Freedom was given to us in order to live responsibly. “Freedom” that is used as an excuse to do anything that we want will quickly turn into lawlessness, which requires laws and regulations in order to maintain order. But the freedom that Christ gives is best expressed when we serve each other humbly in love. So celebrate with fireworks and picnics, but also celebrate by finding ways to serve others well, which is true freedom being expressed. Happy 4th of July!