For some reason, I’m looking at the 4th of July differently this year. It’s more than a holiday. It’s more than a day off from work. It’s more than a BBQ. It’s more than decorating with red, white and blue. It’s the day our country’s fight for freedom became a reality.
This is nothing to take lightly. It began with the Pilgrim’s leaving their homeland, crossing the seas in less than desirable conditions and arriving in a cold, harsh environment. Most of them died that first winter. Their fight for freedom continued more than 150 years until July 4, 1776.
The Declaration of Independence states, “We 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.”
So, each July 4th when we attend BBQs dressed in red, white and blue, we should remember their fight. Don’t treat it lightly. And don’t treat what God has done for us lightly either. He, our Creator, made each one of us equal and loves us all. He sent His Son to die for each one of us. And I have no doubt that He aided us in our fight and blessed our nation.
The tides seem to be changing. The majority of people are abandoning Him. Our Christian views are becoming unpopular and persecution seems inevitable. But for now, we still have our freedom. We need to take advantage of what God has given us, what our ancestors fought for while we still have it. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” -Galations 6:9
God bless you all! Happy 4th of July!