Happy Birthday America! Today is your 240th birthday! You have been around awhile and many bled and died that you could come into existence and many have bled and died since this to assure your continuation. Thank you to all the men and women who died to protect our freedoms and continued prayers for your safety as you patrol in foreign lands and for your safe return to your families and friends.
While not a theocracy, you have risen to protect those principles that we can worship without fear and without persecution. Lately, it seems those principles have come into question. It is sad when you have come to the point where as you are sitting in worship you think that some crazed gunman could burst through the doors or a suicidal person with an IUD strapped to their chest could shatter the lives of so many. A country where religious freedom seems to have taken a U-turn, and the freedom of speech and tolerance seems to have become a one-way street. A time where our leaders seem to lack character and principles while advocating everything and standing for nothing.
One of our greatest Presidents and leader once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was right then and that remains to be true now more than ever. We must unite as one nation and stand firm against those that do not share the love of our freedoms but would come here to use our freedoms against us.
One reason many of our past generations and ancestors came here were to become Americans, not Italian-Americans, not Israeli-Americans, not Iranian-Americans, not French-Americans, not Polish-Americans, not British-Americans, not German-Americans, not Korean-Americans, not India-Americans, not Thai-Americans, not Mexican-Americans, not Egyptian-Americans, not Japanese-Americans, not Turkish-Americans, not Greek-Americans, not Irish-Americans, not Russian-Americans, not Scottish-Americans, not Spanish-Americans, but just for the opportunity to become an American. Some ancestors did not come here by choice but brought rather by force but chose to stay and be Americans.
I pray that God blesses the United States with new leaders with values, ethics and character to move this country forward and may it continue to be one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.