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Remembering the 4th of July

Remembering the 4th of July

By Keith Bellamy

Many people in our country think the 4th of July is about fireworks, picnics and time off from work.

However, I am very grateful for this day, and to remember that the Declaration of Independence was written and signed by men who knew their lives were at stake for signing it.

Most of us have never faced persecution for our beliefs!  Many have never experienced discrimination.  However, many have.

Some would want to accuse the founders of our country of being bigots and racist. However, because of those who signed that great document, we have what we have.

I don’t believe our country was founded by people who did not believe that God was behind it all.  Even those who may have been skeptics still knew that the cause was greater than any one person.

Some would want to destroy this country with no answers to the chaos that would follow. Some of these same people would not be able to make the statements they make in other countries. And they could not certainly earn a living in other countries as they might do here.

We have been in countries where freedom was not available for many things.

So, let’s not take the 4th of July for granted!

Let’s be proud to be an American.

Once again, I am reminded of Hosea 4:6. My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children (NLT).

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