Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Friday, July 20, 2018
Our Mission: Impacting the Kingdom of God one person at a time
When Freedom Rings!
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 
In 1832, a Pastor by the name of Rev. Samuel F. Smith wrote an enduring patriotic song entitled, America or My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.
The first stanza reads,

My country, ‘tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.

The statement that catches my attention every time I sing it, is Let Freedom Ring! Think about this for a moment. Freedom has a distinct ring to it. Audiologists (people who study sounds) have stated that all objects have their own unique soundwave identification when struck. For example, glass makes a different sound than metal or wood produces a different sound than water. Each object can be identified by its unique sound signature.

As I pondered this concept, I wonder what sound a Christian makes? Now on the surface, this is a weird question, but it is an important question that needs to be asked. There are many things that can strike the life of Christian. Some of these strikes can be pleasant or uncomfortable. When they do hit us, does our sound or behavior change or does it stay the same? In other words, are we consistent in how we reflect Christ?

As a follower of Christ, one needs to always remember that our response should always be the same. If not, others will be confused as to who we really are. If one day we sound off with hate and the next day we ring with love, we are sending a mixed signal. One’s inconsistency can lead others to believe that we are not genuine in our commitment to Christ. It can appear that we are pretending to being something that we are not.

Each time a faithful follower is struck, there should be one distinct sound that should loudly ring out and that sound is freedom. John 8:36 tells us, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” You see, sin is our captor that strips away our freedom. Since we were held captive, we needed a Warrior who could set us free and that courageous Warrior is Jesus Christ. He alone has the power to set us free. Our freedom or salvation, should be the sound that all should hear. That should never change.
So, as America celebrates its 242 years of freedom on July 4th, let us not forget the freedom we have in Christ.
Let Freedom Ring!