Independence Day

Independence Day. This is the Day that we, as a people, declared our Independence from England. What a day that was, I would love to be able to time travel and witness it, the men who signed it were all different personalities, had different ideologies, yet came together for one common goal. To fight for the freedom to become a country, a stand-alone country, with unalienable rights, the right to pursue happiness, the right to bear arms, the right to say whatever comes into our heads.
This is a day we must all, as Americans; take a day to not only celebrate those beginnings but to celebrate how far we have come as a nation since then.
Our country, The United States of America, is the only country on earth that is truly an amalgamation of other nations.
That formation began a long time before 1776, people of different nationalities were drawn here for centuries. The Spanish, the Vikings and yes the English, all were here long before we all came together to fight for our freedom to form our country.
The gracious mountains, the earth that was so rich to grow good food was a drawing card for humans all over the planet.
This day, of all the days on the calendar, we, as Americans, should take the time to not only celebrate, but to reflect on the lives that were given so we can be here today. Never forget the ones that came before us, never forget what they were fighting so hard to have.
Freedom, freedom of speech, freedom to defend not only our nation; but also our very homes, freedom to explore, to find our inner peace. Freedom to worship God, not only worship, but also worship the way we want to. To practice our religion, Freedom of Religion, I think in this day we forget that.
Christianity itself is under attack, sometimes, as I read the news, and read Facebook, I believe Christians themselves have forgotten what we are supposed to be. Faithful, Hopeful, Loving, those are the things we are supposed to be as Christians. Just in case you are wondering where I am getting my information, straight from the Bible itself. 1st Corinthians 13:13 (interesting side note, 13 is a much beloved number in my family) “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I think we, as Christians, forget that Love is the greatest of these things that are left.
So, today, as we ponder our independence, let’s declare a new independence, one free from hate, prejudice, hopelessness, faithlessness, let’s declare a dependence on faith, hope and love.
As a country we has so much to be proud of, today we focus on that, and rightfully so, tomorrow, let’s focus on building up our country to being even greater than it ever has been before.

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