Things have changed a lot. The torch has passed. Now what?
At this time of year, we grow nostalgic and patriotic. We celebrate a fine history in our country. We stood for freedom, a fine tradition of respect and caring for one another even to giving our lives to protect the freedoms and the lives of our families, the citizens of our country.
Outstanding people fought for freedom to “bring forth a new nation.” A nation that believed in its citizens whose Creator endowed them with inalienable rights. Rights to respect one another; to build society; create new inventions freely and then to buy and sell them.
Later, came more war – this time to make another group of people free. And we struggled. And still more wars, and the nation expanded with more struggle. World Wars drew us into conflict—and we went. And we freed an oppressed people through terrible discoveries. Can anything come easy?
And now we are in another time of conflict and change. We watch from the spiritual walls. We are learning to guard our hearts as we guard our flag. People are as oppressed as ever around the world. Tradition is passing away with the coming of a new society and we stand guard over Truth as well.
We face a new day of encounters, discoveries, divergence. The question of who we were becomes a question of who we will be. Will the ideals the USA was built on endure or give way? And if they give way, then to what?
We celebrate a fine history. As we watch fireworks explode, let’s be careful to remember who we are.
And to put the future in the capable hands of God.