This past Friday was Independence Day in Madagascar. June 26, 1960 Madagascar officially became independent from France, althought practical independence would not come for another 15 years or so. Ten years ago while living in Chicago we had the opportunity to host about 50 Malagasy people from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota in a huge celebration.
This coming weekend is Independence day in America. For a couple centuries we have celebrated the freedom we have enjoyed, and even in these days when our freedom is under attack, often from our own elected servant leaders, we still have a level of freedom that is desired in much of the world.
Beyond that, however, we as Christians have a freedom that God beyond anything this world can ever understand. Paul while writing to the church at Galatia said:
It is for freedom that Christ came.
As we prepare to celebrate this weekend let us remember that we celebrate the greatest freedom of all, the freedom of an eternal life of joy in Jesus Christ.