Altar Call –
July 2, 2017
Celebrating freedom with
fireworks and prayers
This weekend in America we
will celebrate the fourth of July with fireworks, barbeque, watermelons,
singing – and prayers. In our churches prayers will be offered to remember the
sacrifice made by millions who fought and died for our country. Prayers will be
offered for our troops who are now in harm’s way. The brave men and women in
uniform today deserve our support and prayers.
stain the pages of recorded history. The human race has never found a way to
live in peace. Twice America has fought in “the war to end all wars,”
but wars continue to the present hour. Given the alarming increase of
terrorism, peace-loving nations must now engage in a global war against the
ruthless people who would enslave us.
In church we will sing
songs about freedom, songs like “God Bless America,” “America the
Beautiful,” and “God Bless the USA.” We will sing with gratitude to God about
our “sweet land of liberty,” the land precious to us because it is the “land
where our fathers died.”
We will sing a prayer to
God, pleading for his help with this sincere request: “long may our land
be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by thy might, great God, our
King.” Such prayers are necessary because no nation can long enjoy freedom
without the help of almighty God.
one nation attempts to conquer another, people rise up in anger to protect
their freedom. Some wars last for years, resulting in unbelievable bloodshed.
with power and money have always wanted servants or slaves. We all know the sad
story of slavery in America. That story reminds us that slavery has never
been popular among slaves. The Jews hated their enslavement to the Egyptians
and the Babylonians. Slavery in America was insufferable to the men
and women who were shipped over like cattle from Africa.
or later oppressed people rebel against their oppressors. People have an innate
desire to be free. People of my persuasion believe that the inherent desire for
freedom springs from the fact that all people are created in the image of God.
Our Maker has planted within the human heart the longing for
self-determination, or to put it more simply, liberty.
Jesus announced to a stunned synagogue crowd his mission in life, he said he
had come to proclaim freedom for captives. He spoke to Jews who longed to be
free of the harsh heel of the Roman Empire. Those who embrace Jesus as
Lord discover the pathway to genuine freedom.
the centuries men and women have fought and died for freedom. In the 14th Century
William Wallace of Scotland fought against injustice and died trying
to free his people from English tyrants. Who can ever forget the breathtaking
moment when Wallace (Mel Gibson in Braveheart) raised his sword and
screamed the word “Freedom!”? Wallace’s fellow patriots went on after Wallace’s
death to win Scottish freedom, but at the cost of thousands of lives.
we enjoy our holiday celebration, we do well to pause and give thanks for the sacrifice
many have paid for our freedom, and also pray for ways to help the millions in
our world to whom freedom is denied. + + +