“Independence Day” or “Dependence Day”

America has greatness in her beauty.  From the tree covered hills in Maine, to the clear streams running through meadows in Kentucky, to the vast desert vistas in Arizona, on to the stunningly beautiful coast of California, America simply has it all.  There is no other place on earth that has such a diversity of beauty within its borders.

But that is not what makes America great.

America has greatness in the abundance she offers.  I have been to many other countries, as some of you have, and I have seen first-hand that even the poor in America have more than most people in some other countries.  We offer the ability to have a fine home, several cars, toys of every kind and nature, and we offer all of it on the installment plan so you don’t have to save any money to have any item.

But that is not what makes America great.

America has greatness in her freedoms and liberties.  It used to be that everyone respected the rights of others, even if they disagreed with our thoughts.  Today, however, society has very little tolerance for anyone else, and even less ability to be civil with others who disagree.  Common sense just isn’t that common in America anymore.

Today, the in-thing to do is show you are an “UN” person.  In other words, the trendy thing is to be unpatriotic; unforgiving; and even un-American and unchristian at times.  And we do all this, believing it is our right to do so and we are justified.  The “UN” thing is rapidly destroying the very fabric of our wonderful nation.

There are people in America today that are actually undermining the integrity of our country because they are not motivated by principle but rather by selfishness.  They want notoriety, fortune, or power, and they don’t really care how they get it.  They try to revise history to say that our forefathers felt the same way.  But that is a lie.

Those brave men who signed the Declaration of Independence had far more to lose than they ever stood to gain. They knew that true freedom and the ideas freedom was based on were far more important to this nation. These men paid the price for our freedoms because almost all of them lost everything they had for their principles.  I can’t help but wonder just how many of us today are that committed to the principles we claim in our lives.

This is what makes America so great.

We need to get back to the very values that this great nation was founded on; 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

We are rapidly moving towards the meaning of this patriotic day changing from from “Independence Day” to “Dependence Day”…… Pray for our nation!