The Fourth of July—Independence Day

On this day we celebrate the freedom we enjoy in America and the proud heritage of our country. We honor all who have died to protect and preserve that freedom. We can praise our determination to rid the world of dictators who have no regard for human rights. We can celebrate our membership in a religion that through Christ gives us freedom from fear and from death itself.

I sing The Star-Spangled Banner with pride and recall the wisdom of our founding fathers in giving us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

 The on-line Wikipedia summarizes the Bill of Rights as follows:

 “The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These limitations serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property. They guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings and reserve some powers to the states and the public. The Bill of Rights plays a key role in American law and government and remains a vital symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation.”

For at least one day, let us put aside our concern for the paths we are following without God’s blessings and rejoice for the many freedoms that we still have that are rare in many parts of the world.

 “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 NIV