Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July Holiday. I was searching the internet for some illustrations for Sunday’s July 4th sermon and found a sermon written by Steve Malone. I don’t know Mr. Malone but he made some great points in his sermon. Being a history minor in college, I enjoyed the comparison between the patriots and Christians. His sermon had three points:
First, the Patriots made a Bold Declaration. Patrick Henry, the fiery politician from Virginia, gave his famous speech before the Virginia Provincial Convention…Here is how he concluded it: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.” The Americans challenged the greatest most powerful nation in the world.
Christians made a Bold Declaration of their allegiance to Christ. In Galatians 2:20, Paul proclaims, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me…” We has Christians not only pledge our allegiance to the flag but more importantly to the lamb.
The Second point that Bro. Malone makes is that the Patriots paid a high price. He states, “Now, it’s one thing to make a bold declaration in the comfort of a congressional meeting, but it’s quite another to pay the price, to fulfill that declaration on the field of battle, to pay with blood; – yours – your families – and your neighbors…”
“Take up Your Cross daily and follow me.” There is a cost to following Christ. Our world is increasingly becoming hostile to the church and to the claims that Christ is the only way to heaven. Christians and Churches in America must be willing to pay the price.
Lastly, the patriots reaped a great reward. Likewise, Christians have a great reward. Christ’s death and resurrection guaranteed eternal life. In addition, we have the peace that passes all understanding. Praise God.
I am thankful to be an American. I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. But more importantly, I pledge alleigiance to the Lamb. Sunday School leaders, are you willing to join the battle for the souls of the lost and to take the challenge to help those you teach pledge allegiance to the lamb?