“The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.” – Robert Kennedy

 

On a holiday when this country celebrates its independence, I’m not riding on the current trendy bandwagon of American self-loathing, for I love the USA and dig my personal and religious freedom. Without free speech I’d be locked up somewhere…but not here – thank goodness!  So why the long face on so many Americans about red-white-and-blue, take-a-day-off and fire-up-the-grill day?
Is it because we get sad when we consider the evolution ‘Freedom’ has undertaken just in our lifetime – from “allowed to act responsibly” to “if it feels good do it” to “absolutely anything goes and don’t even try to suggest otherwise, or we might just take away your freedom?”
Is it because “Independence Day” is a disconnect for us from things we know to be true? For independence has seldom served us well where family or friends or work colleagues or the church or the Lord are concerned.  So, left without the trite and tried-but-true 4th of July metaphors for today’s message, I settled on the short, bittersweet and eternal lessons like these for inspiration;

  • Neither politics nor religion nor any mixing of the two will save us at the end.
  • Two things are really required for true freedom – repentance for our wrongs and the granting of forgiveness to those that wrong us.
  • It’s never wrong or out-of-style to be thankful…to daily express gratitude.
  • You can pledge your allegiance to the flag every day and admit your own and your country’s independence; yet know that “when you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor” – James 4:10

…just something to think about!

“…freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.” – Barack Obama

Hope you’ll enjoy a GREAT holiday weekend!
José Ponton, Jr.
From Sunny Florida