Today is worthy of celebration
By Erick Posted in Miscellanea — Comments (7) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
It may surprise you as it surprised me. There are some people, largely those who lean toward the libertarian view on life, who will not celebrate this day as our Independence Day. They say we are no longer an independent people and this day is not worth celebrating. In their effort to shock people with their near atheist view of American exceptionalism, they profoundly miss the point.
I tend to agree with them. We have embraced a national government at the expense of ourselves and our states. For this very reason, we should celebrate this day all the more.
232 years ago, a group of men pledged their lives, their fortune, and their honor to rebel against a tyrant who refused to recognize them as free people subject to the laws of the Kingdom of Great Britain. It was a very conservative revolution — the men wanted to be recognized as free men like the other British subjects on the island and, when not so recognized, threw off the shackles of tyranny that these free men might be free.
Those who believe we are no longer free fail to recognize that we are no longer free through our own actions. We have, collectively, chosen actions to make us less free. Those who believe we are no longer free should therefore highlight the example of our founders more so than any other group.
Today is not the day to proclaim our Independence Day no longer has any meaning. Today is the day to celebrate our Independence Day to show what might be yet again if a free people chose again to be free of the shackles of a federal government that increasingly seeks to make a free people again dependent.
A Christian in the midst of those who have thrown off the faith has a duty to proclaim the gospel even louder and pray even harder for the lost. One committed to the first principles of this nation has a similar duty when surrounded by those who have forgotten those first principles. And just as Easter and Christmas are the two high holy days for the Christian, Independence Day and Constitution Day should be viewed the same by those disenchanted by our present lack of every day independence.
So celebrate and rejoice. Today is the day a free people rose up and restored their freedom through independence.