With Independence Day quickly approaching, I have found myself wondering what the Founding Fathers would say to us if they were alive today. What would they think of America? How would they view today's interpretation of the Constitution? Would they clap their hands or shake their heads? I don't have the answers to those questions. I have always enjoyed American History; it was my favorite subject in school. Last year I read a book called America's Providential History by Mark Beliles & Stephen McDowell. I really enjoyed it. I also started reading Original Intent by David Barton. What I have read so far in that book is just as interesting, but my own writing has occupied so much of my time that I haven't finished that book yet. They're worth reading if you are interested.
All that being said, the purpose of today's post is not to get into a political debate. We can save that for another time. I would like to ask you, though, what does freedom mean to you? Maybe freedom to you is the right to speak freely or the right to bear arms. Or maybe you think of your right to worship however you see fit or to not worship if that's the case. And those are all important. But what about freedom from poverty? From abuse? From being bullied? What about the right to a good education in a safe environment? I could go on and on. Think about it.
As we prepare to celebrate with barbecues and fireworks displays, let's remember those who have fought and those who are still fighting for freedom today. Please note, soldiers are not the only people fighting this fight. There are people all over fighting for the rights of others. Don't get me wrong, though. I do believe soldiers deserve special recognition for their service. Many of my family members and friends have served in the military and I certainly don't want to detract from any soldier's bravery or sacrifice.
So let's remember everyone who has fought or is fighting. Thank them. Say a prayer for them. Appreciate them. They deserve it.