A Free Country
All week, I’ve been trying to figure out what to write for this week’s post… and the struggle is r-e-a-l. Do I write about the book I just finished? Or about the woes of adulting? Or bring in some kind of real-life application of biblical themes in an extraordinarily superfluous and allegorical style, complete with unnecessarily ornate vernacular?
Anyways, let me basic today and write about the obvious: Independence Day.
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of our country’s declaration of independence from an oppressive British rule. Simple. Straightforward. No nuance or undertones casting sad, resentful shadows. There are people (like me) who love this day because it reminds us of the birth of the United States and the key figures who helped make freedom real. And there are other people (not like me) who couldn’t care less about it. In fact, they actually detest celebrating the United States at all. But it’s fine! It’s a beautiful example that proves why America exists.
I love this country because it was founded upon ideas that span the test of time. I know there are bitter critics out there who claim the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are “old-fashioned” and “antiquated”, somehow “out of touch” with the world today. Those are silly people, my friends. Listen, the whole entire world bases life upon the theory of gravity. It was articulated hundreds of years ago. Is the theory no longer valid because of its age? Or what about our grandparents? They’ve lived through so many different eras and phases of life. Are their experiences any less valuable because they can’t figure out how to text or use a smartphone? Um, I don’t think so.
In the same way, I don’t think the concepts of inalienable rights, free speech, and self-protection lose value because they were proposed almost 300 years ago. I actually believe those very documents gain significance the longer they’re in place. I might be a little weird, but I think our country is beautiful – for where we’ve been, from where we’ve come, and for where we’re going.
We’ve definitely got some serious problems that need addressing. That’s for dang sure. But you can hear about those problems everywhere. For once, I’d like to focus on the good, especially considering the fact that we’re about to celebrate our birthday this weekend.
This is why I love America:
1. I get to worship God the way I want. (And you can worship whatever you want, too.)
2. I can vote!
3. I can say whatever I like, even if other people don’t agree.
4. I have the freedom to live anywhere in these 50 United States.
5. I can choose how I want to make money.
6. I can choose how much money I want to make (very key).
7. I own my stuff.
8. I can criticize government leaders without fearing for my life.
9. I get to pick who I marry (not every girl gets the privilege, you know).
10. Even if I’m told I can’t do something, I can still do the work to achieve it.
This list is tiny and doesn’t even capture everything amazing about US. I’m sure you have your own reasons why (I hope) you love America. This weekend, it might be a good idea to think about a few of them. Be a little patriotic; live it up in the red, white, and blue! I don’t think it’s a bad place to be.
Happy Independence Day!