Shout Liberty in America!

Liberty Bell

Tradition says that on July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from the tower of Independence Hall, drawing Philadelphians to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

In 1751, the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges that gave religious liberties and political self-government to the people of Pennsylvania.

The Bell’s inscription is from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

God commanded the Israelites to proclaim a Jubilee Year every 50 years. This verse instructs the Israelites to return to the property of their ancestors. At the beginning of the Jubilee Year, debts were wiped clean, and slaves were freed. The year marked a new beginning in the Promised Land, a new beginning free of debt, free of bondage. It was also a year that was holy and of rest. The people were free to eat what the land yielded spontaneously.

The Jubilee Year was an Old Testament look at the freedom that Jesus provides to those who trust in Him. He wipes away the debt they owe for their sins, death, and frees them from their bondage to this world. They are now free to rest in His saving work because Jesus paid for their sins.

In the 1800s, the Bell reached iconic status as the “Liberty Bell” and was used as the symbol for the abolitionist movement. In 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King participated in a wreath laying at the Liberty Bell.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17

As we celebrate America’s Independence today, may we reflect on the message that the Liberty Bell sends–Liberty to worship as we please, Liberty to self-govern, Liberty from slavery.

My prayer:

Father of Liberty, thank You for Your redeeming love, a love that provides for a new beginning through Jesus. Thank you that we live in a land of liberty founded upon Your principles. Father, we repent of our sins, and we ask for Your forgiveness. May Your people humble ourselves, repent, and call upon Your name. Heal America, Father. Restore Your land.

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Honoring those who paid the ultimate for our freedom

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, about how Americans might celebrate Independence Day, which he thought would be celebrated on July 2, the day the Declaration of Independence resolution making was determined by Congress, rather than the 4th, the day the form of the Declaration of Independence was agreed to.

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.  You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

Indeed, to maintain this Declaration of Independence, our patriots have given their limbs, their health, their families, their friends, and their lives. The cost of freedom is high–it costs everything.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Our nation was founded upon the principles of Christianity, and God has truly blessed America.

Please join me in thanking veterans, soldiers and their families for their sacrifices for our freedom, and please pray for them.

My prayer for you:

May you understand the depth of freedom that you enjoy in America and the freedom you can know in Jesus. May America humble itself before Almighty God, repent from turning from God, and return to the God who blessed this nation.

God Bless America!