The smell of gun powder, the sudden loud boom as colors fill the sky, another Fourth of July celebration arrives. While cookouts and fireworks will dominate the day, the reason for the celebration is liberty.
In 1776 freedom meant an end to English taxation and governing authority. Yet, liberty poses dangers. How will the liberated live? With British law removed, it took over a decade for the new nation to hammer out a Constitution defining the principles that would govern American liberty.
In a similar way, since Christ has released us from the burden of seeking to be justified by the Law (Galatians 2:16-17; 5:1), we too encounter the dangers of freedom. Does this freedom empower every whim? How can we know how to live without the Law’s guidance?