Tim Clinton, Ed.D.
On July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence. On August 2nd, 56 men signed it. A new nation was born.
Of those gallant 56 men, most were well educated and wealthy. They had prospered under British rule — but they were not free. And they paid a precious price in declaring their freedom, and the freedom of the new nation.
In all, 5 of the 56 were captured and tortured by the British. 29 had their homes, businesses and property destroyed and eventually went bankrupt. Several lived off charity and died penniless. 9 were killed in the Revolution. 2 lost sons.
But not one betrayed their pledge and commitment to the nation they had birthed.
The 4th of July is a celebration of the results of what they accomplished. Families gather to fellowship and picnic. All across the nation, from back yards to huge stadiums, magnificent firework extravaganzas are displayed — to celebrate. These celebrations are a symbol of our country’s independence and commitment to a bill of rights which formed the foundation for America.
As Christians, we too often fail to celebrate our spiritual liberty. It starts by understanding and remembering what Christ suffered and accomplished on the cross. He paid “in full” our sin debt and offers new life and spiritual freedom to all who choose to believe.
Celebrate these verses:
“…and you will know the truth (Jesus), and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 ESV
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 ESV
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Jesus Christ from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2 ESV
“For freedom Christ has set us free…” Galatians 5:1 ESV
The Apostle Paul reminds us that we have been “bought with a price”. He then adds, “So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV) Interestingly, Strong’s Concordance lists “celebrate” as one of the meanings of glorify. Christ not only purchased our salvation, He purchased our freedom. Jesus came to give us life — abundant life (John 10:10 ESV).
Celebrate that freedom.
Celebrate His life in you.
It will turn your life around.
Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who is married to Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.