I began this Independence Day series on a whim, without any specific ideas about what I might post about. I have to admit that it has been more than a little challenging finding the time each day to get a post up…and I am so sleep deprived at this point that I’m not sure I’ll ever make up the deficit. Even so, I am so glad that I challenged myself with this as it as given me cause to reflect upon the Independence that we are celebrating today to a greater depth than I would have otherwise in the week proceeding the 4th. In fact, I have been thinking so much upon the themes of freedom and liberty that there are many more ideas for posts in my head than I was able to get to this week. There is one particular thought, though, that I would be remiss not to touch on here, even if briefly.
Luke 12:48 states: “…For unto whomsoever cmuch is dgiven, of him shall be much erequired…” I can’t help but think that, as Americans, we have been blessed with so much that there must be some level of responsibility that comes with the freedoms we enjoy. To take our freedom for granted is the surest way to lose it. And yet so many Americans are disinterested, or just apathetic, toward the political process. I can completely relate to the feelings of frustration that come as we observe the craziness and corruption that comes with politics, and the feeling of uselessness…as if there is no point in becoming involved because we are too small to make a difference. But it is our obligation to be informed, to learn of our history and to study the issues of the day, to vote and to care. This land has been set apart as a land of liberty, and this nation was raised up as a beacon of freedom to the world; and it is our responsibility as citizens of this country to preserve the freedom that our fathers have fought and died for. It is up to us to make sure that the legacy of liberty goes on.
Ronald Reagan said:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be FOUGHT for, PROTECTED, and HANDED ON for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Smilingldsgirl, who sometimes comments here, recently had a great post on patriotism. I love how she put it:
Do we make good use of it [our freedom]? Has an interest in the future of our country turned into a hobby? I get so tired of people saying ‘I’m not interested in politics’ in the same way one might say ‘I’m not interested in basket weaving.’ Are you interested in freedom?”
John Adams, one of our great Founders who endured much personal sacrifice as he played his part in securing the nation’s independence, speaks to us through the ages:
Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.”
And from Abraham Lincoln:
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
*This post is part of my week-long Independence Day series.