For Freedom

Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove
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4 min readJun 19, 2024

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a post for Juneteenth and Independence Day

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (1 Corinthians 3:17)

Two major wars define the United States. World Wars defined the U.S. role in world affairs, but domestic conflicts outline American identity. Both wars fought for freedom and this summer we can celebrate both victories, unified as believers in Jesus, made in the image of Almighty God.

On April 19, 1775, the “shot heard ‘round the world” signaled the beginning of a revolution. Colonists who had fled England had already denounced taxation without representation, British military occupation, and restrictions on trade between the Americans and other countries. The British government determined to put down the rebellion with force but with each skirmish and demand by British soldiers for colonists to provide housing, hostility toward England grew. The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, was the fledgling nation’s first formal statement, officially declaring the United States of America a sovereign nation. The final words of the preamble contain ideals worth pursuing:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure…

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Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove

By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.