God Shed His Grace on Thee

As much as I wanted a great 4th of July for all of America this year, I know that there are so many people that did not celebrate for one reason or another. Some people were too sick because of COVID-19, some were too broke because of the quarantine, and some were too solemn because, well, the 4th of July was not actually their day of freedom.

244 years ago, our nation declared:

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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

As Christians, let us see what evil is trying to do with racial divide and COVID-19. As our founding members declared this over our nation 244 years ago, Satan made a plan. This plan was to use this against us by making us realize that in 1776, "all men" really meant white, wealthy men. Our founders, sinful in nature just like we are today, did not realize that one day this declaration would hold us to a standard that our own people would actually fight against. In fact, we fought it so hard that a Civil War erupted over what freedom actually means and who should get to experience it. We see this battle continue through the Civil Rights Movement, the "War on Poverty," the "War on Drugs," as well as actual wars that happened through the Great Depression, freedom marches, the Cold War and the War on Terror. On one hand, we have so much to be thankful for. As I wrote in my Instagram post on Saturday, there is hope in that our nation continues to be one of the fastest progressing countries in the world by listening to the cries of its population.

•In the 1920’s, women couldn’t even vote, now they run governments on every level.

•Black citizens that were sitting at “colored only” lunch counters in the 1960’s paved the way for our nation’s first black president.

•A disease that paralyzed FDR was eradicated less than 40 years after his death.