Can Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Independence Day?

Jehovah's Witnesses cannot celebrate any political holidays including the 4th of July. They are politically neutral in world affairs.

They are 'no part of this world'. The Bible says, 'If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.' John 15:19 NIV

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that all political governments and religions, other than theirs are dominated by Satan the Devil. They believe these human institutions will be destroyed by Jehovah at armageddon. Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are of this world but not part of it. They are not involved. They are politically neutral.

Jehovah's Witnesses are sometimes accused of being unpatriotic. However they are proud of their political neutrality. They believe God loves his people worldwide, no matter what country they live in.

They will not defend their country. They will not go to war and kill their brothers and sisters in other countries. They do not believe in fighting for their country. They put their trust in God to protect them.

Inspite of this, Jehovah's Witnesses are known for being peaceful, law abiding citizens who respect their country and love their neighbors.

In a free country, people are free to believe whatever they want as long as they don't harm other people in the process. We should be thankful that all religious groups can worship God in their own way and be respected even if their beliefs are different than ours.

Ironically milllions of people have died fighting for the freedoms Jehovah's Witnesses enjoy today. Jehovah's Witnesses appreciate the freedoms they have because in some countries their ability to worship is limited.

Jehovah's Witnesses will not celebrate any political holidays. They won't run for political office. They will not even vote. They always choose to be politically neutral. This strong conviction sets Jehovah's Witnesses apart from other religions.

This is why Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate the 4th of July. They are politically neutral. They do not celebrate any political or religious holidays other than the memorial fo Christ's death.

This does not mean that Jehovah's Witnesses can't celebrate any events. Certain celebrations are allowed and looked forward to. Here's why Jehovah's Witnesses can do and what they can't.












































































































































































































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