Happy 4th of July! It is almost time to celebrate the birthday of our great nation. Land of the free and home of the brave is 241 years old next week. What would be a nice gift? Exactly what do you give a nation or wish for it on its 241st birthday? How about peace? Peace. That sounds wonderful. Our nation could use some peace.
Many songs have been written about America. Our national anthem, “God Bless America,” and “This Land is Your Land” are just a few. One of my favorites is Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” It never ceases to touch my heart or bring a tear to my eye.
“If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife
I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away
And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA”
Do you feel the same way? Do you love this land? After the worst mud-slinging election that I can remember Americans are still fussing and feuding. Instead of putting aside their personal feelings and working together, many are intent on continuing to argue and debate. On Facebook I have even noticed a profile picture was an upside down U.S. flag. This is so disrespectful. There are rules and codes concerning our glad and the respect it deserves. According to United States Flag Code, “8(a)The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” Political reasons do not validate flying the flag upside down.
Times have changed drastically. The nation that was formed in 1776 is much more different than it was then. It makes me ponder what our forefathers would think if they could see the disharmony today. Would they be proud of their children or ashamed. Is this the nation they dreamed it would become?
When it’s all said and done we are all still Americans, citizens of this country. It deserves your respect, support, and love. We can make it a better place to live by working together and not continually fighting. Let’s give America and Americans peace for her birthday this year. It couldn’t hurt. In fact, it would only help.
“Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.” I Peter 2:17 NLT