Recently, debate has grown among evangelicals about the appropriateness of celebrating national holidays in Christian worship services. A little research reveals this is not really a new discussion. Early in our nation’s history, some churches forbade the celebration of national holidays like Independence Day
and some required such celebrations. Each reached their conclusions from a combination of their culture, worldview and mixed interpretations of scripture. Even the decision to declare war against Great Britain was far from unanimous in Christian communities. Christians rarely agree on everything.
But, I hope we can agree that freedom is a priceless gift. It is one that many around the world would like to have and would pay a high price to own. As Americans, we are not free to do anything we choose – that would not be biblical. However, we greatly value the freedoms granted to us in our U.S. Constitution
and purchased by many courageous men and women about 242 years ago. Our freedoms of speech, religion and the freedom to express our views democratically at the ballot box are worthy of appreciation.
We have much to celebrate this July 4th. I hope your celebration will include a time of reflection on God’s design in the creation of our nation and prayer for understanding His purpose for our future. One of my prayers for our nation is that we – those who know Christ – will use our resources and energy to proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus alone to all nations of the world. The message of the gospel is the only message of real freedom that has an eternal impact on all people, everywhere.
This guest column at BRnow.org
has a good perspective on the holiday.
Happy Fourth of July from the staff of the Biblical Recorder!