By Kellene Bishop
Independence Day. Yet another holiday whose true meaning has been drowned out with meaningless commercialization, furniture and auto sales, and oblivious talking heads. Even the very name of this momentous holiday has been marginalized, watered down, and forgotten. And yet this day, unlike all others, serves as an all too infrequent reminder that all of the joys and values in our life that we hold dear exist because of this one day in history.
Grant it, this day was not possible without all of the battles that were fought before and after its day of significance. But what is critically important in my mind is that this day would have no longevity and substance had it not been for the millions of Americans who have fought to preserve its intent ever since. To assure its invaluable presence in our lives today, the same proactive measures taken by those who went before us must be reenacted every day of our lives. We can’t afford to allow the luxuries and conveniences of our generation to blind us to that which made possible such blessings. Just as we can not profit by killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, we cannot exist without the freedoms that guarantee joy and happiness in our life. In fact, try as we might, we cannot even willingly give away such freedoms. They are unalienable indeed. But sadly, we can ignore them to the point that they are foreign and unthinkable.
Picture this: You’re watching the evening entertainment on television. A Special Report interrupts your show with this statement.
“A renowned author and scientist, Dr. Geek, has just announced to the world that in spite of all of our previous research, the world is actually flat. In fact, Dr. Geek has evidence to support that the outer edges of the world have still not been completely explored, and that we’re simply sitting on a much larger flat surface that we have previously believed.”
Ridiculous, right? But would a mass amount of media reporting for an entire month begin to cause us to doubt the truths we already know? Would an act of Congress passing a multi-billion dollar budget to explore such “scientific evidence” make us believe that it must be true? Would we then develop a divisive belief in our nation comprising of the Flats and the Rounds?
Our freedom of independence cannot be altered just because a story is consistently in front of us on the evening news. Independence cannot be sold, voted against, legislated into oblivion, mortgaged, traded, bought or given away in a treaty. But we can surrender it in our hearts and thus ignore it. We can stop believing. We can stop behaving like independent souls.
Our family, our faith, our liberties, and the efforts of ALL of our life’s pursuits are all meaningless in a nation without true independence. This independence does not restrict itself to one day a year. Rather this singular event in history has the power to provide us with independent freedoms for as long as this nation shall stand.
In the name of the freedoms we enjoy every day, and even those that we have surrendered already in our hearts, may we all remember this Independence Day for what it is truly about. May we renew our hearts this weekend in appreciation and passion for how the Declaration of Independence permeates our lives and assures us lasting joy. May we hold our Independence close to our hearts and never surrender it to any man.
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