It’s the 4th of July…Happy Birthday America! As we frivolously plan for our celebrations of picnics and fireworks and family and friend togetherness, I must pause for a moment of sincere gratitude. I must remember that my celebrations have not been so easily won.
I am so thankful for you, America, and for the people who have made you a great Nation. Thank you John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, George Washington and your other compatriot friends for believing that God had something better in mind for a ragtag band of immigrants on this side of the world. Thank you for your bravery in the face of treason and death to stand for what you believed was the right of every human being. Thank you for unselfishly sacrificing years of your life to forge the principles that that would miraculously stand the test of time. Thank you for your intelligence and desire for messy conversations and tireless debates to ensure that the wording would be consistent with this message of independence and liberty. Thank you for the mantle of freedom that you passed down to me through your blood, sweat, and tears.
I wonder what the Founding Fathers would say about our America today. I wonder if they would be shocked by the apathy and the careless attitude in the face of what these freedoms cost. I wonder if they would be proud of our progress or horrified by it. I pray that we can all be reawakened to the wondrous gift that we have been given and never take it for granted. I pray that we can continue to honor the efforts that they put forth two centuries ago and that we can still hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. May God continue to Bless our America and may we entrust Him with it!
“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.” ~ James 1:25