July 4th is Independence Day in the U.S. Our Declaration 242 years ago stated that we have “inalienable rights” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For political purposes this sounds wonderful, and it has worked in our democratic system for a lot of years. But that is really not a definition of true freedom. There are millions of free people in our country that are in bondage, to addictions, to finances, to any number of other things mentally and physically. True free is something quite apart from the ability to do whatever we want. Jesus said,”If you hold to my teaching,…Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(John 8:31-32) True freedom is living in conformity to God’s will. It is in knowing and yielding to the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. One who is living in Christ is free regardless of his or her outward circumstances. Political freedom is nice, and we seek to preserve it, but freedom in Christ is paramount. For without that we really are in bondage no matter what our outward condition.