Freedom is a precious gift from God. It’s at the very heart of our identity as Americans. We believe in it so much that we will make great sacrifices to protect it. Sadly, however, we live in a time when too many Americans wrongly think that freedom is simply all about doing whatever they want whenever they want – regardless of their impact on others. This is why it’s important on this July 4th to remember the four cornerstones of true freedom. First, true freedom is a gift from God and can only be fully experienced in relationship with God. Second, true freedom is found in choosing to do the thing that honors God, others and yourself. Third, true freedom is a great responsibility because “to those to whom much is given, much is expected.” And fourth, true freedom involves a commitment to ensure that as many people as possible experience its blessings. So celebrate your freedom today. Give thanks for those who have sacrificed so much that you may experience it. And enjoy this gift God has given you.