Once again, here in the States tomorrow we will celebrate our declaration of independence from tyrannical Colonial rule on July 4, 1776. We will put out our red, white, and blue flags, gather with friends and family, listen to patriotic concerts that stir our souls, consider the cost of so many lives given throughout the years to protect and defend the freedoms we hold dear, and ooh and ahh over spectacular fireworks.
Perhaps we’ll offer prayers of thankfulness for sacrifices made to insure we continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave one nation under God. Perhaps we’ll pray to God the freedoms we cherish will stand firm forever, will be protected, and never yanked away from us.
And as we pray, hopefully amidst our prayers is grateful thanks for the Savior who came to this earth, lived as a man among us, yet never sinned, and gave us the ultimate freedom from the tyrannical rule of Satan.
A man who willingly laid his life down on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, rose from the grave, and sits at the Father’s right hand pleading our case daily until such time God tells Jesus to go get his Bride. Us. Those who have pledged our allegiance to the Lamb of God.
When I considered what it means to declare independence from tyrants and pledge allegiance to Truth, I focused on the red, white, and blue colors of the American flag, then compared those colors with Jesus’ sacrifice.
Red is the color of Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary.
Blue is the color of the bruises that covered his tortured body.
White is the color of our sins which have been washed white as snow.
Red. White. And Blue.
We may pledge allegiance to many things.
Football teams. Schools. Churches. Jobs. Money. People. Governments. Political parties. Countries …
But our highest allegiance … our highest allegiance … belongs to Jesus Christ. The Victor, Conqueror, Mighty Warrior, King of kings and LORD of lords.
So when all is said and done, if others looked at our lives, where would they say our allegiance lies? What would they say takes higher precedence? Jesus? Or something or someone else?
I wish you well.
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