Independence Day: Time To Celebrate Or Mourn?

By Ralph and Elizabeth Pyskowski

Guest Columnists

While many people are celebrating the Independence of our Nation, others’ enthusiasm has been dampened. Some are concerned about the shift taken place from our founders’ vision. Just like the Supreme Court abandoning the constitution and writing new laws. Religious liberties are under assault like never before as religious folks must choose their faith or their job. Other courts are removing historical monuments such as the 10 commandments from the public view. Society is rejecting the Word of God and embracing a more popular and worldly culture. Instead of retreating like the left would desire, our resolve should be strengthen to fight for our freedom and let our lights shine.

Our founding fathers clearly acknowledged that our rights and liberties came from God in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” While they did not mandate their Christian religion on others, they certainly involved him in every aspect of their life. It was clear that they looked to God for guidance and prayed openly in public. Our First President George Washington attested to this fact in his statement: “It is impossible to rightly govern the nation without God and the Bible.” Evidence of this is all around us with the remnant of sacred monuments and other artifacts. Their vision was not to exclude God from public life but to give people the freedom to worship how they please. Christians do not want to dominate people and force their religion on others. They just simple want the freedom of religion and expression like everyone else and the opportunity to shine their lights. There are people today that are attempting to erase the 1st amendment and prevent the free exercise of religion entirely.

Although the highest authority of the land has rejected God, they are not the highest authority. God is the Most High and he will hold men and women accountable for their sins. We still need to look to him for our guidance and obey his scriptures as Christians. The disciples in the Book of Acts refused to listen to their government when it violated the commands of God. They said it is better to obey God rather than man. Although these are perilous times, they are also times of great opportunity for the Church. Jesus told us to shine our light in Matt 5: 15: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” As Christians, we should share the truth, let the love of Jesus flow, and stand for what is right. We can still make a difference. God is able to turn the country around when we seek him and pray. The light shines the brightest in the darkest hour.

(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])

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