Celebrating the Fourth of July
On July 4th, over 240 years ago, Congress officially signed the Declaration of Independence signifying the genesis of a liberated country.
It wasn’t until 1787 that the war was over, though. In those 11 years, countless lives were lost, power shifted back and forth, and the future of a now great nation hung in the balance. After a decade-long struggle, the hard-fought battle for freedom was won due to the innumerable sacrifices of it’s loyal citizens.
This weekend, Americans will gather around BBQs, enjoying the carefree luxury of living in a free country. This celebration allows each of us, no matter our background, to fully reflect on the precious gift of our liberties.
As we come together to take part in the traditional festivities of hot dogs, star-spangled paraphernalia, and scintillating fireworks, let us take a moment to remember the true reason this day exists. Our forefathers came to this land in order to escape the crushing religious persecution.
Since the days of the revolution, thousands more from across the world have immigrated here to enjoy our freedoms as well. In many countries, however, the institution of individual worship still does not exist.
This is something that we as Americans can so easily take for granted. So let us, on this day especially, take the time to remember the struggle of those who have come before us so that we may worship God without fear. Let us thank God for the blessings He has bestowed on this country, including its establishment so many years ago.
And let us continue to freely share the good news of Jesus Christ so that more Americans may come to know His endless blessings.
May God bless you, your families, and our churches. And may God bless America.
We'll be celebrating America in a special way this Sunday with Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell!