God bless America

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I think all kids love fireworks. Even now I still appreciate a good 4th of July fireworks show. Many of us used our independent heritage to celebrate the 4th by tossing firecrackers and setting off bottle rockets. What young boy doesn’t want to play with fire? Especially fire that explodes with vibrant color.

I remember my parents taking us to fireworks shows, I recall the blankets in the grass. One year in a crowd I rode on top of my dad’s shoulders looking up in amazement, appreciating being even closer to the magical display.

It didn’t have to be the 4th of July to see the patriotism in our parents generation. Even the people who didn’t serve in the military had extreme reverence to this country as evidenced by the playing of our national anthem before any event.

I recall my dad not too far removed from a debilitating back surgery struggle to his feet, stand at a military attention posture and place his hand over his heart in honor and reverence of his God and country.

I paid close attention to the others who would have to be helped to stay upright on their feet for the duration of that familiar melody.

It seems the most honorable of people are the ones who honor and acknowledge something bigger than themselves.

In a very short amount of time we’ve witnessed a society that has taken the gift of protection and provision, provided by God through the strength and sacrifice of our ancestors, and have begun to treat it as more of a right than a privilege.

John Adams had this to say in part regarding the celebration of The Declaration Of Independence, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” This according to a secular Wikipedia.

As an American, we should value the moral character and perspective that is the foundation of our country. Instead, we hear and read enemies and liars of God and country report that our forefathers and country wasn’t formed on Christian values.

To be sure, they weren’t close to perfect, but then no one who walked this physical world is or was except for Christ himself.

The liars quote partial quotes trying to mislead and pervert true American history. I would encourage a quick read at this site,  http://www.jameswatkins.com/foundingfathers.htm in order to read the full quotes of the partial ones used by the enemies of God and this country to twist the truth of our heritage.

Psalm 33:12 gives a pretty direct charge, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” I, like my forefathers, believe that to be true. We should also take seriously the implication of that verse in reverse.

Not to twist scripture, But if a country’s God isn’t the Lord, it’s pretty easy to acknowledge the opposite of blessed would be the case. In this scenario I think “cursed” would be the appropriate description to identify the country that refuses to acknowledge our God.

This 4th of July is a reminder of how and why our country exists. It’s time for the Christians to protect our heritage and birthright.

Our freedom in spirit and truth was paid for by the blood of Christ. Our freedom in the flesh was ordained by God and paid for by the blood of our countrymen and women.

As our children see the reflection of the fireworks in our eyes, may they see the heart and spirit of God in a true American.

Happy 4th of July.