For What It’s Worth,
Let’s Consider Celebrating the Fourth of July

By E. J. Bradshaw

On Thursday, we will celebrate the birth of our freedom as a nation. As we celebrate, I hope we will remember our forefathers who dreamed of freedom, declared our people to be free, sacrificed, fought, died and lived to make freedom a reality. We remember George Washington who became the Commander of the patriot armies and men like Patrick Henry who said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” I appreciate Thomas Jefferson who could take the ideas for freedom and government and fashioned the documents whose words still inspire and hold us together as a Republic composed of the fifty states that we call the United States of America.

I often wonder though, how Jefferson could write and other great men sign a document that says, “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 to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men.” And Jefferson owned slaves and historians say there were 236,000 black slaves in the country in 1750, and by 1810 there were more than a million. (A History of the World by Andrew Marr, MacMillan 2012 – page 32.) Almost 100 years passed before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves and made way for the 13th Amendment to our constitution. It also allowed African Americans to join the Union Army; and by the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 had volunteered and served honorably. Nearly another 100 years passed before Dr. Martin Luther King led the non violent marches that resulted in Equal Rights for African Americans. Our Republic is not perfect, and on our 237th birthday, we are in deep trouble.

But in spite of our defects, I don’t know of any tunnels being dug by people trying to get out of the United States or any law abiding people fleeing by other means. I love my country, and I would die for it; but what is more, I will live for it! I will prayerfully cast my vote for persons who will uphold its laws and its sacred traditions. I will do my best to safeguard our democracy from all “isms” which would mar it. I will be true to those who died in wars in the past and those now fighting in Afghanistan. I will be faithful in prayer, preaching and living the doctrines of the personal relationship with Jesus, who is the One who died to give freedom to all men and women of all colors and who is alive to guarantee a better life here and heaven for eternity for those who trust in Him. Please pray for yourself and for our country that we become well pleasing to God!

God Bless America and You!

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