With all her faults, America is still the greatest nation on earth. There are some beautiful places on earth to live, but none guarantees your freedom like America. Freedom is what makes this country great. There is a real trend today for anti-Americanism and anti-patriotism. Organizations like the UN, are doing much to strip us of our sovereignty. Text book writers are relentless in their efforts to revise history. They want to undermine the character and integrity of our founding fathers.
They want us to believe that they were not motivated by principle but by property. Some teach that they were motivated by greed and the desire for wealth. The truth is, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence had far more to lose than to gain. Most were wealthy men already. 24 were lawyers, 9 were landowners or successful farmers, 11 were merchants, as well as physicians, ministers, politicians, and all but 2 who signed had families.
They were educated men of standing in their communities. They knew security and prosperity, but they felt there was something more important than security. Freedom. They also knew that the penalty for treason was death by hanging, yet they signed. It is said that John Hancock signed twice as large as everyone else, “Now his Majesty can read my name without his spectacles.” Stephen Hopkins, one of the oldest signers, his hands shook as he signed, is quoted as saying, “Gentlemen, my hand trembles, but my heart does not.”
We know from history that these men were pursued. Some were captured and tortured, and of course, many died. We need to understand when we look at the American Flag that the red stripes are bars of blood, paid with the price for you and I to be free. We see demonstrations all over the world, and here in America, of people burning the flag. I do not see that as freedom of speech, I see it as treason. But I also see this, true freedom. It is the very freedom that they are protesting that allows them to burn the flag, It is that very freedom that allows sports stars to turn their back on the flag during the National Anthem. that is the greatness of America, she is great for her freedoms.
Romans 13 talks about government. It suggests that we pay for government. And that we pray for our government. We are to praise our government. That may sound difficult but, I believe that the USA is still the greatest nation on earth. We need a revival of good old-fashioned patriotism. We are to participate in government. I believe that it to be inconceivable that God would ordain government such as He has, and then tell His people to stay out of it. It is our Christian duty to get informed and vote. How can we pledge allegiance to the flag and then not take action?
We must persuade our government. Can we really make a difference? Yes. We are a Representative Republic. Which means that public policy is still shaped by public opinion. And there is only one way to affect public opinion. It is not done with billboards, radio, or TV, it is done by getting the Word of God into the hearts of the people. I thank God for political freedom, but more important is spiritual freedom. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
I hope you have a wonderful 4th. May God keep you and bless you and make His face to shine upon you.