Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America”
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Yesterday marked the beginning of summer with the celebration of Memorial Day. Our President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – words were spoken in honor of those who fought for our freedom – heat penetrated the normally crisp, fresh air of Minnesota, ending the day with storms, lightening and thunder. You could construe it as God putting His stamp of approval on our nation, or as a wake up call for us to look at the responsibility we have along with our freedom.
Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do anything we want. It came at great cost and somehow, we take only a few days out of the year to celebrate it. Most of the first American settlers were running away from oppressive nations or countries that were suffering through famine, war or inability to worship as they pleased. They came in search of freedom.
When our nation was founded, it was done so by carefully crafting the Constitution to include wording which would guarantee freedom for all. We know that those noble words soon became corrupted and freedom wasn’t for everyone. Our fledgling nation soon became a melting pot of different nationalities and beliefs. A combination of people that helped forge a nation out of a wilderness. In the meantime, the freedom of the Native Americans was being dismantled in the process. Slavery made its way into our land and inhumane practices occurred, leaving a entire race scarred and overworked and held in bondage.
The cry for freedom is futile when it enslaves others. Eventually a war was fought to end slavery, but that war took over 600,000 lives – the greatest fatalities ever in an American conflict.
The First Amendment of the Constitution provided for the rights and freedoms of all Americans:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
As our history went forward, our liberties opened the door to all kinds of religions – the ability to voice opinions so strongly that they became at times offensive to one group or another – the right to peaceful assembly quickly turned ugly and now protests are often violent – the freedom of the press has allowed false news to spread like wildfire before it’s even been verified – taking grievances to court has created a judicial system which is so packed, chances for a fair trial are slim.
It seems to me that our freedom has deteriorated over time, because of how we’ve taken advantage of those very things. We’ve corrupted the thoughts of our founders to fit our needs – much like our churches have become filled with compromise in order to maintain a status quo.
If we look at the numbers of lives taken in all the wars our country fought – if we realize how those who have returned physically, mentally and emotionally tarnished for the rest of their lives – if we witness how this affects the families of those lost – if we do all of this without knowing that the cost is great, we’ve lost our freedom and defame every one of those who fought defending it.
Through our short history, all of our original rights have caved to political correctness. We can’t even display our flag in certain neighborhoods without a negative comment. I believe that our patriotism is still alive in many hearts, but that it’s fading fast. When we misuse our freedoms for our own personal gain, were’ no better than those who oppress others. In fact we’re forcing our own will on someone else, which is a form of slavery.
Schools will be letting out within the next few days. Make sure your children continue to learn throughout the summer days. Let them know how important their freedom is and how to preserve it through their actions. Our country’s history is worth preserving, because it shows us where we came from and helps us to know where we’re going.
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16