As we celebrate Independence Day, and the liberty Americans enjoy (and too often take for granted), we would do well to consider the spiritual roots -- more specifically, the biblical Christian roots -- of our freedom.
Toward that end, I recommend three articles in the last issue of World Magazine that underscore the connection between faith and freedom. Two of them especially point out our debt to theologian John Calvin, whose 500th birthday comes just a few days after the 4th of July, on July 10th.
If you're not already a World subscriber, the following links will give you the first couple of paragraphs of each article and an offer for a 1-month trial subscription to see the rest... well worth the $5 price.
America's debt to John Calvin
The personal pervasiveness of God's sovereignty - by John Piper
On his 500th birthday, two cheers for John Calvin - by Marvin Olasky
Cut to common cloth
America was shaped for sinners, not saints - by Mindy Belz