July 4th, 1776 is the date we regard as the birth of the United States. Every year we gather with friends and family alike and celebrate with festivities and fireworks. 

Each family may have its own traditions for the holiday, but we all can come together in unison for a time of remembrance. Remembering the lives given, the plethora of historic events, and the ideals that this country was first founded on.  

Though one might not see it, a great deal of parallels can be drawn between America’s independence and the independence that a Christian experiences. 

As America had her birth so does a Christian as John 3:3 says, “Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Christians also come together for a time of remembrance as we partake of the Lord’s Supper, as we read in 1 Corinthians 11:26, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 

Thinking of lives given and historic events, no life was more perfect and no event greater than Christ giving himself on the cross for all of mankind. Philippians 2:8 says, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point  of death, even death on a cross. 

Because of Christ and his perfect sacrifice our independence was bought with one death. Romans 6:17-18 says, “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 

While America fought a war for her independence, with our independence we are put right into a war. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 

During this holiday do not forget to remember the sacrifice which allows you to be pardoned from sin, and celebrate the victory of Jesus over death every day by living for him.