As we celebrate the fourth of July weekend, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all People are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Right, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

   These words come from “The Declaration of Independence” set forth by our founding fathers July 4th, 1776. A declaration of freedom.  Freedom that was gained by the blood and suffering of our forefathers. It is a great day in America’s history, and because of their sacrifice, we still live in one of the greatest nations in the world.

   Yet while we live in a nation with more freedoms than most, we are nowhere even close to being truly free people. Not only are we not free. We are at War. Not with Taliban in Afghanistan or Iraq. Not our conflicts with North Korea or Iran. Not this countries issues regarding racism, we are fighting a more deadly war with ourselves! That War is Sin! Not only are we at War. We are POWS—Prisoners of War! Prisoners of Sin! The verdict for the prisoners of Sin is Death!

   The Apostle Paul writes in Romans. “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

   So, I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

   “Thanks be to God, we are free from being a POW to sin through Jesus Christ our Lord!”  who died for our sins so we might be truly free from the war of sin that rages within us.


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