Here’s something I shared today on Facebook (slightly edited for the blog):
Happy Independence Day!
July 6th isn’t “Independence Day”…that was 2 days ago (or 6, if you’re Canadian).
Well, it’s not the “Independence Day” of a country, but rather a person.
July 6, 1415 was the origination of the common phrase “the goose is cooked” or “his goose is cooked”. That phrase comes from the “independence day” of (pre-reformation) reformer (and follower in the footsteps of John Wycliffe) Jan Huss, who gained his independence from the tyranny of the Pope of Rome (via the grave) on July 6, 1415. His last name means “goose”, and when he died the people said “the goose is cooked”.
Huss was burned alive by the Catholic Church for embracing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more here:
Also, in 1999/2000, the Catholic church danced on Huss’ grave by adopting him as an ecumenical figure who was actually still one of their own (in spirit, not doctrine), completely ignored Huss’ biblical and theological disagreements with the Catholic Church (that were so significant to him, he was willing to die for them), apologized for his murder and grabbed his legacy as a stepping stone for the overturning of the reformation.
Here’s full text of the common declaration of Cardinal Miloslav Vlk and the Synodal Senior of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren:
Next July 6, tell someone the gospel and remember to tell them that as a sinner before a Holy God, their goose is cooked.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Remembering the Goose and those Mavericks who followed” Unger