Independence. For some it means that they don’t have to follow the rules anymore because they are old enough to justify breaking them.
For all of my adult life, I have followed the grammar rules, such as, never start your sentence with “And.” And, to that I say, it’s one that I rarely break, unless I can find a good reason to break it. The English language still intrigues me. While I try to behave in the grammar department, the writer in me cries out to make my rules up as I go along.
Punctuation,–commas, and semicolons, are safe when I use “poetic license, which is a fancy way to say that I will write it the way that I want it to appear and not worry about it so much. Seriously, when I first started college and was deciding on a major, I really did choose creative writing because I knew that if I wrote poetry, I wouldn’t need to worry so much about punctuation.
I was so wrong about the connection between grammar and poetry. You need to decide to follow the rules, because no matter how far you try to run away from them, they are everywhere for a reason, to help us to be effective without delays.
We celebrated our nation’s Independence Day on July 4, and it’s time that Christians everywhere realize that we are free because of Jesus Christ. The wages of sin is death, but Jesus paid the price for our sins, and we can declare his name on the rooftops. There is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved.
Here are the rules we live by as Christians: