True Freedom In Christ
Today across America we celebrate the Fourth of July or Independence Day. It is a time where as Americans celebrate the freedoms we should share. It is a day when family and friends can join together in a time of fun and fellowship. It is a time to remember that the freedom that we have is not free, that someone paid the price for our freedom, and a people built this nation even when they were not free. We must remember that as a country celebrates independence there is still a segment of our nation that is not free from all sorts of discrimination. I encourage you as you go throughout this day to remember not just the freedom you have as an American citizen, but more importantly the freedom you have as a Christian.
Christ died that we might have the right to the tree of life, and He died that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Since we are free in the Spirit it is important to live the mandate Christ has raised for us, that we have been called to liberty and freedom, but not to use our freedom in Christ in any negative manner, but in a way to Glorify Christ. We are to use our liberty in Christ to serve one another in love. When we serve one another in love this is the greatest exercise of liberty that we have. Christ showed us His love for us when He hung on the cross and died, and we can show our love for others by being there for them when they need us the most. So as you celebrate with BBQ's today remember someone who may not have anyone to celebrate with and show your liberty by inviting them to celebrate with you.
When you do this and show love it shows the Christ in you and because I know I am free I have no doubt, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Lord rid the land of discrimination and segregation and fill it with your love so we can all be free. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY