It’s July and I’m still thinking about our country’s birthday. During my life I’ve enjoyed freedom that others in this world only long for. I’m grateful. Yet now I notice facets of this freedom fading. What can I do?
One thing I can do is SPEAK UP about what I believe, need, and want for the United States of America. I admit that’s not always easy when often the underlying message in our schools, communities, and the media is “intelligent and caring people never alienate others and are always politically correct.” I suspect this means “shut up about your faith, especially if it differs from what I think or believe.”)
Right now I’m thinking of three doable ways that you and I can honor and bless our country, imperfect though she is. We can:
- Pray for our troops and our president and governmental leaders whether we agree with what they’re doing or not.) Soon after 9/11 The Presidential Prayer Team (PPT) was launched as a tool to help us pray for our country. I have the privilege of writing some of the daily devotions for PPT. You can get a short daily devo (with stories & prayer reminders) in your email. Check out today’s devotional by clicking here.
- Learn (and teach our children and grandchildren) about the intentions and beliefs of our Founding Fathers. David Barton, a well-respected author, educator, and speaker, made this easier for us when he founded Wallbuilders, a national organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes. For encouraging (and sometimes surprising quotes) from former U.S. Presidents and governmental leaders, visit http://www.wallbuilders.com. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin said, “God governs in the affairs of men, and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
- Stand courageously with others to protect and defend the religious freedom that our constitution guarantees. Have you noticed that in the classroom (or even at recess) our elementary school children are being discouraged from referring to God, the Bible, prayer or their faith. (I have. It happened to one of my grandchildren. I’ll share that story in an upcoming blog.) Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) exists to preserve religious freedom for people of faith. Is that you? It’s me. And I’m incredibly thankful for what they do and the difference they make.
Now it’s your turn to add to this short list. How do you and your family honor our country? I’d love to hear from you.