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We are coming up to our Independence Day Celebration, July the 4th.
Given the severe trials our nation is undergoing, it is a good time to consider our national heritage in godliness. Not just the founders, but leading clergy and thinkers for the next century said that they didn’t think that a democratic republic would stand without having first stood on the virtuous character created by Biblical godliness. This is clearly controversial today. The controversy demonstrates its truth.
This year, let’s celebrate with more gusto. Let’s add prayers of repentance and thanksgiving to our usual celebration. This, not fireworks, were the center of the celebration during the founders’ time. Let’s pray in faith and eat cake!
Let\s be sure we also consider our children. Let’s take time to talk about our nation with our children. While we are waiting for those awesome firework, let’s talk about what we are celebrating. What we fear and what we hope for. Much of our problem stems from lack of conversation between the generations – and lack of responsibility, as economic pressure has encouraged us to leave our children to the care of others.
Today we will re-air a popular episode on how we, not the government, are the village that children need. of course, God planned for a mother and a father to rear children. But an extended family and a congregation help, too, don’t they? In Mayberry, the whole city might help, but no one hopes for that today. so, let’s work to make our extended families and congregations work. And maybe, just maybe, we could extend ourselves to helping those children who don’t have parents, much family, or a congregation — yet.
As we celebrate our national heritage, let’s also spark a legacy in our children.