July 4th is Independence Day in the U.S. We celebrate our freedom from British colonial rule in the 18th century. Our history has made us a fiercely independent people protective of our individual rights. Though I think we are less free today than what our Founding Fathers intended. We celebrate today with picnics, parades, and fireworks. However, it should also cause us to think about what freedom really means. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”(John 8:32) The Jewish leaders to whom He was speaking complained that they had never been in bondage to anyone. How could He say they would be set free? Jesus responded, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”(vs.34) This is what we have lost sight of. We live in a day that has rejected absolute values, and become enslaved to political correctness. We have rejected the concept of sin, making all values equally right. In so doing we have come into a bondage deeper than any foreign political power could impose. True freedom is in accepting the cleansing and redemption offered in Jesus Christ. This is a freedom that no man can take away.