Freedom without "In God We Trust", is slavery in disguise.
The fourth of July is coming soon and it is without a doubt one of my favorite holidays. People gather with friends and family around outdoor activities and of course, food. We end the fourth of July with fireworks throughout the neighborhoods, if you are fortunate enough to live in a state or county that allows them.
Just like any other holiday, The 4th of July is not a day off, it is a day to remember that we are free. This is why the fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Freedom is not the normal experience, it is the exception. Very few people understand what it means to be free and even fewer understand how to maintain their freedom.
We are blessed to live in a country that has on every coin the phrase, “ In God We Trust”. Without that phrase being remembered we would be given over to trusting another god. This can be government, ourselves, religion, money or the number of other false idols today.
"And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten." - Exodus 3:19
It is important that if anyone wishes to maintain their freedom that they learn to value it. The first way we lose the value of freedom is by not remembering what this holiday stands for. Yes, it is our nation declaring independence but it is also us remembering that a young nation declared freedom. It is the same cry that the abolitionist had for America’s slaves. It is the same cry that many believers have when their sins have finally caught up with them. Freedom without a cry of trusting in God, is just another form of slavery. God is not just the creator of freedom, He is freedom. That is why I am thankful for Dwight Dean Eisenhower who enacted a law to put on every American coin and dollar the phrase “In God We Trust”. We trust in Him for freedom, without Him freedom cannot exist.
I have learned through my 9 years of ministry that everyone to one degree or another is a slave. It could be the wife who will not leave her abusive husband, the alcoholic who can’t put down the bottle even though he has lost everything, the person who refuses to take ownership for their actions and the list goes on. This is what makes the testimony of freedom all the more important. Without the testimony of freedom, there can be no hope that it exists today.
Every time that a Jew eats unleavened bread it’s a reminder that God took Israel out of the house of bondage. When the testimony of freedom is uttered it is a reminder that you can be freed. It is not through our strength but by the strong arm of the Lord. As the holiday approaches tell your fellow believers and citizens regardless of their beliefs that freedom is at hand and all can enter in.
The testimony remains no matter what happens in life. God will always have the glory. However, glory must be given at all times, not just the good times, lest we forget and we return back to the house of bondage.