Barbecues, swimming, tennis, and a long weekend--sounds great. A time to watch fireworks, enjoy a relaxing summer beverage is also in order! This is July 4th, and it’s a reason to have a party—but what does it really mean if we toss the activities aside?When we were young the summer was an exciting time for many of us. It was amazing time to be a kid and go enjoy holiday festivities. It is easy to get caught up in life and have tunnel vision that holds us in a self-absorbed prison. With all this motion, has the holiday lost its meaning? Perhaps it has for many of us. The good news that we can use this time and be giver of our love, and resources. We can volunteer, donate, spend time with people who have nobody, and share the blessing of liberty with others. We have the freedom to laugh, pray, debate, or to dance in the street if we want to. Not that liberty is not serious, it is.
Religious intolerance is a gradual progress, but it needs to be addressed before it becomes severe. Compared to Iran and other countries who burn churches, imprison Christians, Buddhists, or any other religion that goes against the government beliefs, America is still blessed. The Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 that declared that the colonies were officially a nation. There was a sense of duty and patriotism—something as a people we’re missing.
“It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.”
There is more! This is a time were communities have fundraising events. Pick a charitable event or even host a bake-off, or get involved in an event to raise money to help others. It can be fun. Have a dinner at the house and ask people to bring canned goods for the homeless. Maybe host a bake sale that can go help the military, or an organization that helps cancer patients.
You can be yourself, and don't be afraid of what you believe in this politically correct world!
“In a world of such political correctness a lot of people are intimidated not to speak,” Santorum explained. “One of the reasons they accomplish this intimidation is because people are not informed and they [are not] comfortable with these issues.”
Those who served in the military make this happen today.
Visit a VA hospital and see how you can serve and help those who need it. The Huffington Post shared that we need to raise the American flag and celebrate our military. "Another way to honor our servicemen and women is to visit the cemetery and read the headstones of those military service men and women who died. Take some time to quietly thank them for the ultimate sacrifice they made. To be sure, some will say our government should take care of these things listed in this blog, but I would say let’s follow the example of those who came before us and take care of each other."
Like Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln discussed what liberty meant to him. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that "all men are created equal" a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim "a self evident lie."
Again, we can have fun, but let us look at what we can do for others this holiday and all during the year. This takes time, creativity, and reflection on how great this nation really is. No matter where you stand on any issue, we live in a nation that allows us to be free. Cherish it.
What does the 4th mean to you?