Along with insuring “domestic Tranquility” and providing “for the common defence”—all necessary duties of a government that would “form a more perfect Union”—the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution reveals that, at its center, the purpose of our Constitution is “to secure the Blessings of Liberty.”
We recently celebrated the Fourth of July, a time when Americans still publicly cherish and celebrate the freedoms that they’ve been privileged to possess. It’s a time when we honor the things that make America special and, in fact, unique in this world. It’s a time when we come together, in spite of our country’s failures and our many differences, and honor what makes our country different. And what would that be exactly? Many today are trying to sell the notion that nothing about our country makes us “unique” or honorable. But is that true? Of course it isn’t! In fact, I’d like you to take the time right now to be thankful for a country that did some incredible things for you.
Independence. Freedom. Autonomy. Self-determination. We salute these values as we wish our country another “happy birthday.” And we don’t just celebrate these priorities on a national level; they’re personal, too. Our culture insists that we should strike out on our own, find ourselves, and define who we are. But what if all of this isn’t as great as it sounds?
It’s the July 4th weekend and, delightfully, this year the 4th falls on a Sunday. That should give us all pause. Why? Because the American celebration of our temporal freedoms, such as the freedoms of liberty, the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, and all of our constitutional protections, falls on the same day that we Christians celebrate the eternal liberty that God in Christ earned on behalf of the whole world. We have a saying here at the LCRL that we, as Two-Kingdom (2KG) Christians, are “to put our temporal liberties to work for the sake of the eternal liberties of Christ.”
Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections on His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verses are Genesis 1:1 and 26-31, where the Bible says,
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” …. 30….And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.