Today is the 4th of July. Independence Day. The day we as a people celebrate the founding of our country and the beginning of freedom as a guiding principle. As I sit here where it all began, I am overcome with a wave of humility. Thankfulness. Gratefulness. Remembering those who lived before, completing the hard work.
When you see for yourself the places they stood. Lived. Died. You stop. Thank the Creator for blessing you with an amazing gift. Liberty. It wasn’t free. It cost everything they had. Their lives.
It’s not been an easy road. Tears. Hatred. Bigotry. Division. War. Envy. Jealousy. Strife. Those have been our companions. Claiming liberty for ourselves. Denying for others. Slaves. Women. Children. Foreigners. Non-Christians. Discrimination is still our ugly friend.
237 years ago. A deed of Bravery. Declaration of the right for people to be free.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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.
We still fight. For freedom. For liberty. For the right of humans to live in peace. Love. Liberty.
Tears continue to fall.
Men and women still give their lives for this belief. The ultimate sacrifice. We honor with the stars & stripes. Our words. My tears fall. Like Jesus, I weep.
The 4th of July. Independence Day. It’s not about hot dogs. Picnics. Beer. Fireworks.
It’s a day to remember. Reflect. Make a resolve to lay down our lives for our friends. To never let the flame of freedom go out.
So today, I resolve. To speak against discrimination. To deal justly with my neighbor. Extend mercy to those who trespass against me. To proclaim liberty to the captive. Bring comfort to the comfortless. To never give up on fighting for Truth. Liberty. Justice.