When I think about the 4th of July, 3 words come to mind: Patriotism, Freedom, and Liberty
Patriotism: The most patriotic man, ladies and gentlemen, is sometimes the man who goes in the direction he deems right, even when he sees half the world against him. It is the dictate of patriotism to sacrifice yourself if you think that is the path of honor and of duty. Do not blame others if they do not agree with you. Do not die with bitterness in your heart because you did not convince the rest of the world, but rather die happy because you believe you served your country by not selling your soul.
Freedom: Freedom is never free. Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, and the spirit of man. So, it must be daily earned and refreshed else, like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Liberty: Liberty is always dangerous but it is the safest thing we have. I thank God for my life; for all the beautiful 4th of July celebrations he has given me to enjoy, for the stars and stripes. May freedom forever fly, let it ring. Salute the ones who died, the ones who gave their life so we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love.
Church, a real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every 4th of July with family, a picnic where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten but it is patriotism.
George Washington states, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible”. So I leave you with this scripture:
II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Bro. Alfredo Miranda