Isaiah writes a remarkable application for us, over 2,600 years ago, in the first three verses of chapter 61: “The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound (because of faith in God).” He writes in verses two and three: “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (when He returns to earth) … and “to give unto them (who are in faith) beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning (for others), the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”

Jesus Christ sets the actual believer and the person who is learning to trust Him into freedom from the ungodliness that is so present in the lives of those who are without faith in Him. This is what made America so blessed and right as many came to begin in a land of the free (to worship Christ) and then to bravely stand for what the Bible rightly declares.

July 4 is not a day to just eat a lot and then to enjoy the firecracker displays. We need to begin anew to rejoice more fully in Bible freedoms and the blessings of God. There is no guarantee that what our American leaders gave to us in the U.S. Constitution will last forever. Many have been chipping away and shifting the beliefs of especially our young people. Many of the older folks will never reject Bible truths and love for Christ, so the emphasis is placed on the youth to agree with a relentless government outside of faith in Christ.

The “Human Freedom Index” has measured recently the broadly based measures of individual freedoms throughout the world. Areas like property rights, freedom of religion and personal expression (like opposition to abortion), and also the size of government and individual rules of law, have been evaluated. Our nation ranks number 17 in the world today and reflects that America is not as as free as she was when the Bible was proclaimed and accepted as truth.

John writes in John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth (the Bible), and the truth shall make you free.” That is just how it should be! So many leaders today are focusing upon the unbelief of many so that they will continue to receive votes in the next election. It is so much more important that they vote and resolve to glorify God in all they think and conduct, regardless of how an ungodly public might desire.

President Ronald Reagan said that: “As government expands, then liberty contracts.” That is truly how the systems of mankind (mostly without Christ) have always worked. It is why so many fled their evil governments to begin anew in America. Mr. Reagan said that “Man is not free unless the government is limited.” The cause and effect is predictable because it always brings real freedom downward as new and inappropriate laws increase upwardly.

President Reagan said that “Government is essential to protect life and properties, to carry out justice, to advance law and order and to deter and defeat enemies from abroad. Good government and private enterprise complement each other.” Our beloved nation is more and more distancing and then completely departing from Biblical truths. We seem to be running faster into the twilights of Satan that make evil seem good and good evil.

America has a rich heritage from the past that so few are interested in today. We hear every day on the radio and in the news that so many are trying to eliminate God by ignoring and stamping Him out of our lives.

Our founding fathers recognized God of the Bible and wrote that all men are created equal, being endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights. They appealed to the Supreme Judge of the Universe from the rectitude of our proper intentions. They strongly encouraged in the life of every American to seek the firm and absolute alliance upon the protection of divine providence, knowing that we can have no chance of survival outside the firm conviction of staying inside God’s providential, protecting hand.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1788 that “The natural progress of government and people is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” America truly seems to be charging downhill in so many ways since we have been warned about the fragility of freedom! We must be honoring God’s Word and its truth to rightly live.

James Madison, the “Father of Our Constitution,” said: “We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each to govern and to sustain ourselves according to (the truth and God’s Word).” We do owe ourselves to Jesus and also to the coming and future generations. We need to take eternity seriously because it is on its way! To yield to the absolute truth is 100-percent good and right to do. We each need to accept Christ as personal Savior and then move forward in living, training and teaching the Word of God to all who will listen.

Christ is our only hope and is the truth that we must pass on to coming generations. The reality of July 4 is that the availability to be free in Christ is available to whosoever chooses.

May we each choose to enjoy the truth and songs that go with it. One we need today is “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” written by Samuel F. Smith. The last two verses say:

“Let music swell the breeze
And ring from all the trees
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

“Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King!”