The best way to mark Independence Day

July 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Before the burgers, brats, beer and beans; before the ice cream, pie and cobbler; before the fireworks–take some time and do something, for our day and age, that is truly radical:  Before the burgers, brats, beer and beans; before the ice cream, pie and cobbler; before the fireworks–take some time and do something, for our day and age, that is truly radical:  Read the Declaration of Independence.

It is long; you, like me, may have to read it out loud at first to stick with it. It requires both more knowledge of the events leading up to July 4, 1776 and a vocabulary better than today’s public education imparts–something that, thankfully, won’t apply to most folks who are reading this blog entry.  And even if you are only slightly aware of what is going on in our country today, as you read  the Declaration you will be shocked at the parallels.  Anyone who sees these parallels, lets them settle into his or her conscience and truly understands the implications will be bound to do some profoundly serious soul-searching–and then have to ask, “What am I obligated to do?”

Click here to read both a brief historical contextualization of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Declaration itself.

May God bless America.

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