6 Reasons You Should Always Treasure the Fourth Of July
Celebrating our freedom, freedom of two hundred and forty years of our independence on this fourth of July.
Fireworks, barbecues, and picnics as we enjoy the freedom so many have fought for to protect. While we grill hot dogs and listen to the music ring out from the patriotic band nearby, a soldier is watching over us. We shoot off bottle rockets and Roman candles as they dodge mortars and bullets to protect us.
Our Declaration of Independence has been besmirched and trampled on in our own country. Rights and freedoms that they fought so valiantly for back then, we still struggle to keep today.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That does not say anywhere in it unless you are a certain color, faith, nationality, orientation, or even an idiot. It states that “all men are created equal” therefore they should all have the same rights.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism; it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
I would believe that this includes and is not limited to our rights to earn a fair wage, pick our own doctor, own guns. That last one with responsibility within the constraints of the law of course.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
Still today we want to build walls and shut down borders and limit where people especially foreigners can live. Just take a look at the way we have handled the Syrian refugee crisis.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
Supreme Court of late comes to mind on how still they are in someone’s pocket in the decisions that they make.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent
Need I say more about that one, pretty sure very few would disagree.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
Imminent domain, drilling for oil, building Walmarts on every street corner. The list goes on and on how our own government tears down what God has made in the name of progress. People still today lose their front yards and even their homes, their lives destroyed to expand a freeway or build another mall.
To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.~ George Washington
These are just a few snippets from the Declaration of Independence that were signed by Congress July 4, 1776. Two hundred and forty years later much is still being debated and contested in our country today. I believe every American before they shoot off their fireworks today. Before they drink “American” beer not even owned in America. We should each take a few moments and read over the Declaration that you celebrate today. Those rights that we declared are the real reason we celebrate the Fourth of July. It’s not the appliance and car sales or the parades or fanfare. It is our God-given independence to be free of tyranny and live lives to encourage one another.
Fifty-six signatures of men that stood up for what was right and true, they are the ones that made America the beautiful shining under the red, white and blue.
After reading the words written over two centuries long ago, reflect upon all the men and women that have bravely fought to protect that document. As we are celebrating our independence; we should also be honoring the lives lost to defend it.
Happy Fourth of July to each and everyone, may you have a safe holiday. I would love to hear about how you celebrated your independence, feel free to share in the comments. God Bless You and God Bless America!
About Charles Johnston
Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.