This Sunday we have a good time Independence Day. As I mirror on our historical past, I see many good issues that we now have carried out, however there have been loads of errors made as properly. In our ups and downs, many many good, robust women and men have served their nation in varied methods. Right here’s a quiz. I’m sharing some data about considered one of our best males, see should you can work out who it was.
On the age of seven, his household was pressured out of their house resulting from a authorized technicality. He needed to go to work to assist assist the household. At age 9, his mom died. When he was 22, he tried to go to legislation college, however his instructional background was inadequate. At 23, he went into debt to kind a partnership in a small retailer. Three years later his companion died, leaving him an enormous debt. At 28, he was able to calm down and requested the younger lady whom he’d been courting for 4 years to marry him. She mentioned no. He ran for congress and misplaced every of his first two tries. He lastly gained election when he was 37 however misplaced his reelection bid two years later. At 45 he ran for the Senate…and misplaced. Two years later he was nominated for Vice President. He misplaced. At 49 he ran for the Senate once more… and misplaced once more. However on the age of 51, he was elected President of the US. His second time period was lower brief by an murderer’s bullet. You might have guessed by now it’s Abraham Lincoln of whom I write.
Right here’s one other quiz, who do you suppose that is? Shortly after his delivery, his household grew to become refugees, fleeing to a different nation for security. He labored for a few years as a carpenter however appeared to seek out his calling as a touring preacher. He was not extremely educated, he by no means married, by no means even owned a house. Whereas preaching, he made some enemies among the many non secular leaders. They contrived with the federal government to have him put to dying regardless of the shortage of proof that may result in such a verdict. They borrowed a grave for his burial. He was buried alone, forsaken by his associates and feared by his enemies. Once more you could have guessed, that is Jesus. And his grave didn’t maintain him, he lives as our resurrected Savior and Lord. And his resurrection carry us freedom from the ability of sin and dying.
As we have a good time the freedoms we get pleasure from in our nation, let’s have a good time the liberty we now have as members of God’s household in Christ. The apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:13, “Brothers and sisters, God has known as you to freedom! Hear the decision, and don’t spoil this present by utilizing your liberty to interact in what your flesh wishes; as a substitute, use it to serve one another as Jesus taught via love.” Our obligations as U.S. residents and as Christian’s run parallel: serve others in love.
— Gordy Pennertz is pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield.