We want our Freedom! And as Americans, we stand on the usage of this word in almost everything that we do. Because we are Americans.
Our country was founded by those looking for a new life. Some were seeking the great adventure of an unexplored land, some were seeking asylum from oppression and poverty, and some were forced to be here. But the thread which held us and still holds us together, is the hope of something better in our lives by our own choosing.
On July the fourth, we will come together as a nation, putting differences aside, and proudly waving our flags. We will honor those who have fought and continue to fight, to keep our land free from foreign invasion. And tell our children how fortunate they are to be living in America.
But before America was even thought of, there was another, who fought for the freedom of the people of the world. Another, who hated the rule makers, who tried to manipulate the people into their way of life. Another, who spoke of true love for all and walked in the unclean places with their unclean citizens. Another, who was called Jesus Christ.
Jesus saw hope in the poverty stricken, the whores, the slums, the lepers, and especially the sinners. He hated the rule makers of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, i.e. the big government of His day. Jesus believed in the people, even in those who did not believe in Him. And He still does.
Jesus knew that no one wants to born into poverty, no child dreams of growing up to be a whore or a criminal. No one wants to have disease debilitate their lives. And these are true facts today. Jesus came to show love, to give love, and to teach us how to love each other! It was this same spirit of love, which encouraged the politicians of the 1950s’ to put “In God We Trust,” on our money. People helping people to realize their American dream of Freedom, and believing in something bigger than ourselves!
America has traveled down a bumpy, hole pitted road since then and sometimes we have accomplished great strides forward. While other times, we appeared to go backwards. But all the while, we have still been Americans.
So, this fourth of July, let’s ignite the American spirit again! We can do it one American at a time. And you don’t have to do any great feat or shell out large amounts of money either. Just take a look around the community where you live and find someone to help. I don’t need to make a list of suggestions because you know what to do. Follow your heart! It will lead you down the right path.