It’s one day of the year where people just sit on their lawn chairs with nothing to do all day long. Well, some people do. I don’t know about your town, but in my town of Cedar Rapids some people set up their lawn chairs ridiculously early, like, at 10am to get a good seat for the fireworks. (As if you can’t see the fireworks from anywhere else!) Anyway, as they spend the day waiting for the fireworks, this provides lots of time for them to read tracts and talk with us. 🙂
Click here for a little 4th of July tract. It prints four per page. We usually simply say, “Happy 4th of July” or, “Here’s something about the price of liberty” as we pass them out. If you smile and are confident, people usually receive it gladly.
The text inside says:
Freedom has a price – blood. Every nation celebrates its independence and every nation has paid the same price – blood. Men have died to win that freedom.
This is a simple concept. People understand it. And nations honor their independence day for two reasons: 1) Freedom is a great thing and 2) the price was high.
There are several kinds of freedom. The one we usually think of first is political freedom. But the most important kind is spiritual freedom — spiritual peace with God for eternity. This freedom had the same price – blood. But because the war was of a different nature and there was a different enemy, the blood required to pay our penalty was that of the Son of God Himself. And He willingly shed His blood for us. God placed Himself in a body that could die so that He might take our place and die for our sin. We can now be saved from eternal death by honoring Jesus Christ, the one who paid the price, by trusting by faith what He did for us. Let it be true that “In God We Trust”. Not just for earthly blessings, needs, and wisdom, but first of all for forgiveness and eternal life. www.JustStopAndThink.com
(And there are several verses on the back.)
I wanted to post this now to get “wheels turning” as you all make plans for the 4th. If any of you have additional ideas to share for outreach activities on the 4th, I’d like to hear them!
We will actually be in Wisconsin over the 4th of July becasue of a Bright Lights Conference there that week, so we will have opprortunity to do some outreach in a different area which will be fun.