America. What makes you so great or not so great? I know that the story of “America” varies with each individual. I am proud to be an American. I have respect for our flag and what the forefathers of this great nation stood for. I hold the freedoms of speech and the freedom to worship near and dear to my heart.
I love the story of how William Bradford and ninety of his fellow Pilgrims took such a long, cold, and deadly transatlantic trip to the New World. They had one thing on their mind, freedom. Freedom to worship their heavenly Father. Freedom to train their children in a way that would please God.
So in respect of all the lives that have fought to keep our nation free. I freely teach my children that the flag is to be respected, and when the national anthem plays we stand at attention with our hands placed over our hearts.We pray for the President (no matter who holds the title) because he/she needs Divine intervention, sometimes. ( A great read:
Prayers That Changed History: From Christopher Columbus to Helen Keller, how God used 25 people to change the world)
They know The Pledge of Allegiance and can sing (most) of The Star Spangled Banner, because the words “One Nation under God” and “In God is our Trust” are important. Our forefathers knew that God was the key to their success. After all, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”- Romans 8:31
I would be doing my children a great disservice if I didn’t show and teach respect for the freedom America has given. Because if you don’t respect and love something, you won’t fight when it is threatened.
A friend of mine shared a video of Pastor Appreciation Week in Arkansas’ capitol. When I saw this video, I became so proud of the freedom to worship! This is what our nation needs, not stricter gun rules, not a larger wall…we need God. I hope you enjoy it as well