On this Fourth of July—Independence Day, celebrating our freedom from tyranny—this scripture seems apt. The psalmist asks the Lord to open his eyes so he might see His wonders. The miracle of a soul birthed into new life, freed forever from sin’s curse, is the most personal miracle any of us can witness or experience. As you probably already know, in my “former life,” I was a 5th grade history teacher. I loved teaching the history of our amazing nation, and I wasn’t shy about sharing how important it was to our forefathers to be free from the government’s interference in the practicing of religion. Having been forced by their king to attend the church of his choice or suffer persecution, the men who crafted our Constitution made sure the government of the United States could not dictate where a man would worship. Freedom… It’s exactly what God wanted for us: free from sin’s hold; free to serve Him openly and unashamedly.

Since it is Independence Day and “The Star Spangled Banner” is frequently sung at Fourth of July celebrations, let me close with my favorite stanza from Francis Scott Key’s lyrical poem.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto — “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Pray for our nation to return to the principles on which it was built.

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