The Ultimate Freedom To Celebrate: Don’t miss it!

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This Fourth of July let’s celebrate our ultimate freedom!

In the United States, people celebrate  the 4th of July with great intentionality and fervor. Annual traditions form around it. Get-togethers are planned from one year to the next. 

Patriotic decorations and clothing, as well as fireworks, are purchased. Plans are made for gatherings and outings. 

What Is Freedom?

But what really is being celebrated?

Freedom from work for an extra day?

Freedom to make lots of money?

Freedom to gather together?

Freedom to help others?

Freedom to access decent healthcare?

Freedom to obtain a good education?

Freedom to vacation regularly?

Freedom to say what you think?

Freedom to worship in a manner you see fit, or not at all?

Freedom to purchase what you’d like?

Freedom to make friends with a person of any race or background?

Freedom from pain?

Freedom to live comfortably?

These are all worthy things to be grateful for, to be sure. In fact, we’d do well to regularly remember and give thanks for the many freedoms we enjoy in this country, only a few of which I listed in the questions above. 

But is the ability to be happy, healthy and wealthy all there is to freedom? Are these the reasons why our Founding Fathers sacrificed so much?

Are these really the reasons to celebrate the independence of the United States of America?

What if liberty means so much more? What if the freedoms we enjoy in this country run much deeper than any physical benefit we can name? 

What if the everyday freedoms we enjoy bubble up and spill over from the greatest freedom of all, freedom from the shackles of sin? 

The freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America bubble up and spill over from the greatest freedom of all, the ultimate freedom, freedom from the shackles of sin? Share on X


The Ultimate Freedom

The liberty we celebrate on the 4th of July has spiritual roots. At the core of all our freedoms lies spiritual salvation.

At the core of all our freedoms lies spiritual salvation. Because of the life-saving gift from our Savior, we can celebrate and be thankful for the physical freedoms we enjoy in this country. Share on X

Jesus Christ sets us free spiritually. He frees us from the shackles of our sins. He frees us from eternal damnation. 

Because of this life-saving gift from our Savior, we can celebrate and be thankful for the physical freedoms we enjoy in this country.

Forget or ignore this ultimate freedom we have in Christ and no other freedom matters! Apart from Him, nothing matters. 

After all, what benefit is there in living in the land of the free if you are spiritually dead?

Many of the Founding Fathers and early leaders acknowledged this. 

“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.” James Madison, 4th U.S. President

 “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?” Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave… These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” Samuel Adams: Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

Never Forget Why Freedoms Matter

We should definitely be celebrating the freedoms we have in this country. We should absolutely express our thanks for the blessings we enjoy and those who helped secure it. 

But may we never forget why those freedoms matter. Because we have freedom from our sins, we can celebrate the liberties we enjoy in every other facet of our lives!

Miss that truth and walk shackled, enslaved in a far worse manner, no matter which country you live in. 

Because we have freedom from our sins, we can celebrate the liberties we enjoy in every other facet of our lives! Share on X

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

Reflections: What’s your favorite way to celebrate the 4th of July (or your country’s national celebration)? In that celebration, do you make a conscious point to acknowledge your spiritual freedom in addition to the physical freedoms you enjoy?

Have a wonderfully blessed Independence Day as you celebrate freedom in its deepest sense!  

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Going on 5 years of counting and I’m nearing 5,000 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! Here are numbers #5126–5146. Read my entire list by clicking here.

  • Having medicine available that can help my girl with her recurrent (never-ending) sinus infections; Mini-shopping with my niece; Crazy game of Tri-ominos
  • Berry picking with Samantha Birkett; Baking berry-infused goodies; Ending the day with a campfire and dark-chocolate smores
  • Relaxing couple hours of fishing; Visiting some critters and reliving a bit of history; Fall-like summer temperatures
  • Visiting an antique store while running a long-distance errand; Planning another weekend with my niece to see a few more historic attractions; Filling our last night together with a walk, board games, a campfire, and smores
  • Killing time at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca with a little Gagaball, knockout basketball and bouldering on the wall; Bringing 2 of my boys home; Relaxing from a fun-filled week with one of my sweet nieces
  • Another perfect-weather day for berry picking; Tryke that works perfectly for taking walks with Rachel; Campground full of friendly people who smile and wave at Rach as we stroll by (she loves it!)
  • Visiting one of my favorite camps, Camp Courageous, to drop off Zachary for work; Watching orioles “play” in the trees; A read-aloud book that captures the attentions of several age groups
By His Grace,



  1. Mary T on July 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Julie, thanking God today and every day… for by His Grace, He gave us His Only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By His Sacrifice, He has purchased for us not only the rewards of eternal life with Him, but the freedom from the slavery of sin and the freedom to live with Him in the here and now. God bless America…one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all!
    Thank you so much for this beautiful perspective of our freedom. We must pray for our country’s leaders to hold in their hearts what our founding fathers lived in theirs…
    Happy Independence Day! God bless!

    • Julie Sunne on July 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Such beautiful thoughts, Mary! Amen!!

  2. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) on July 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Julie, I know I am late in reading this but I wanted you to know how touching this blogpost is to me. It makes me stop and think about how all I am and all I have is because of Jesus being over my life.

    • Julie Sunne on July 8, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you, Cecelia. I don’t believe your late in reading it at all! Blessings.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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