Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red, White and You

I know this is a bit late for a "patriotic" post, but I was just too busy with family visiting and our special God and Country celebration at church. And since I promised this post with my last entry, here it is.

Independence Day is when we as Americans celebrate and remember when our nation declared its freedom from British rule (and those of that day would argue oppression as well.) The 4th of July is recognized with flags, fireworks, banners, cookouts and all things red-white-and-blue.

It was brought to my attention this past week that America stands quite differently from many other nations. Most other nations celebrate the day of the final battle that secured their freedom or change in government. However, America celebrates the day when they "declared" their independence. They still had many battles to fight to secure that liberty.

I pondered that awhile and began to see a spiritual correlation in our own lives. Because of Christ's sacrificial death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, we are offered freedom from sin's control on our lives. However, we are declared free by Christ, but we still have battles to face against our old sin nature. Paul struggled with this in Romans 7:

So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. 5 When we were controlled by our old nature,[b] sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. 6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power[e] within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even though we are declared innocent and free from sin, we still fight against the sins that we commit every day. But always remember that Jesus Christ has already won the battle. And whenever you see these colors (red, white and blue), think about these symbolic referrences:

Red: stands for the blood that Jesus shed for us when he was crucified and took our penalty of death.
White: stands for the purity that is offered because Jesus was perfect and has given us his perfect standing with God.
Blue: stands for the life we can experience through Christ's resurrection - a freedom from sin's control over our life and death.

If you want to learn more about what Jesus has done for you, please feel free to email me.

I hope you had a great 4th of July! May you enjoy the freedom you have from your country, and may you experience the ultimate freedom that can be yours in Jesus Christ!

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