Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day

We have been given such a gift, to be born or received into such a country as these United States.  Just a cursory view of past civilizations reveals how truly unique is our small place in history .  A republic with the stated purpose of freedom and justice for all is indeed rare.  Like so many gifts, it is often taken for granted or used as a means for obtaining power and control by those whose intentions are not those of pursuing freedom and justice.  While we are right to be vigilant in keeping those forces at bay, I also think it is important, especially now when our economy is failing, our freedoms are being legislated away and justice is too often denied, that we not place our faith in those things which will not last.  There is a great quote by C.S. Lewis:
A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.
So, let us be good stewards in praying for and electing good and true politicians, let us lend our voice for those who are in need of justice, use our freedoms to do good, all the while placing our trust in the Author of life and liberty.  Let us live to God.

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