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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Remembering Why We Celebrate Independence Day!

Today is July 4th!  We have barbeques and set off  fireworks.  Many people are given the day off from work.  It’s a day to have a good time, right?
Wait!   It’s not just a day to party! There’s an important reason it’s to be recognized!
  It’s when we celebrate our country’s declaration of independence from England and all that was done to acquire that independence.  For the most part, I think we forget this is the True reason we are celebrating.
What became The United States of America has grown and changed in a multitude of ways since it's independence was declared in 1776.  Our freedom has increased only because of those who risked and gave their lives to allow our freedom to flourish.  Yet, in an attempt to not offend anyone, those same freedoms, that we often take for granted, are threatened by our own government. 
Last week, in Houston, TX, Liberty Institute amended a religious hostility lawsuit it filed against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its director of the Houston National Cemetery, Arleen Ocasio. Liberty Institute is representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, The American Legion Post 586, and the National Memorial Ladies. To read the details of the lawsuit and to learn what prompted it to originally be filed shortly after Memorial Day, 2011, read, “Veterans Affairs Bans Mention of God at Funerals for Vets” .
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12
It’s disheartening that the very principles on which this country was founded, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, are challenged by it’s own government. These rights are given to us by God. Our Founding Fathers realized this and included them in The Declaration of Independence. They knew these rights were not provided by the government or by force, but by He who created us.
Isn’t banning the mention of God at the funerals of vets a slap in the face to our Founding Fathers? They were at risk of being hanged for treason by signing the Declaration.  Isn’t it hurtful to the loved ones of those who have died defending our country and ensuring our freedom? Isn’t it turning our back on God and, when it comes down to it, blasphemy?
In closing, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be celebrating today. I’m saying exactly the opposite! Just remember why we are celebrating.  Take a few moments to look at a flag and reflect upon America’s history. Think about the chain-of-events that brought us to where we are today. Ponder what our lives would be like if those colonists hadn’t been brave enough to leave all that was familiar to them and embark on a journey to freedom.  Consider how selfish acts, like those in the press release I referenced above, can endanger our freedoms.  Appreciate what we have and what it took to achieve it.


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