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…..
In 1620, a ship called “The Mayflower” left England with 102 passengers and 30 crew members. November 11, 1620 a document known as the “Mayflower Compact” was created and designated as the first written framework of government. Jump to December 16, 1773, in Boston a group named “The Sons of Liberty” dressed as Native Americans and in political protest dumped all of the tea into the ocean. Flash forward to July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 delegates officially separating America from the rule of England.
Today, people all over the United States are celebrating the fourth of July, there will be fireworks, barbecues, parties, and family. America uses this day every year to celebrate freedom from England. Sometimes I think we forget where we started and what it took to become a free country. The good news is we also remember the current and past people who have fought to continue our freedom. The one thing I can respect of “Americans” is the spirit of being a unified, free country. The pride of Americans for this country are not without good reason.
However, my reason, and many of my friends and family celebrate this day not only because of freedom from England, but also, freedom to worship as we please. Before America was a free country, the colonies were expected to have the same religion and beliefs as the king of England. Our freedom now, means we can worship Christ as we wish without fear of being put to death for it. In so many other countries, this is not a luxury and has to be done in secret.
Some of us celebrate this day because we don’t have to worship in secret or see our friends and family killed for proclaiming the word of God. Its not just Christians though, all religions are free to practice what they believe in this country. For instance monks can practice what they believe, Hindus, and even muslims. America gives the opportunity to all people in all things. It is amazing how far this country has come in such a short amount of time. When you think about it, we are still a young country compared to many other countries in the world.
This fourth of July, celebrate with joy and peace, remember your freedoms and how they came to be. Remember everything it took for this country to become free and what responsibilities we now have as free citizens. Be safe, hug your friends and family, have fun, and be thankful. Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday that we should be thankful at. Today is a very good reason to be thankful.