I really want to do an Independence Day post, but I don’t have time to write a whole posts’ worth right now, so I decided to share a piece of writing I wrote a while ago. Here it is. Enjoy:
We all have a dream. Many of us dream of the perfect America, with true ‘Liberty and Justice for all’. Many dream of the day when all sin will be removed, when every tear will be wiped away. Some dream of the day when their burden of debt and poverty will be removed. And still others dream of the day when freedom and equality ring on every hill and through every valley. Martin Luther King Jr. had such a dream. It is a dream that captures the mind of every individual: the dream of a perfect world.
There are four core values that have stood as America’s foundation since the founding of our country. These four values are Liberty, Individualism, Equality, and Growth. These values are Godly qualities, as long as one does not block the other. If we begin to value growth over equality, it hurts the nation. Such behavior is shown by the actions of the Southern planters towards the blacks prior to and after the Civil War. We must value goodness more than liberty, or the freedom is not for all, and thus no longer a core value. It is our dream for America that Liberty and Equality, and Individualism and Growth prosper together in harmony.
Despite all laws, all rules, and all regulations, the government is unable to satisfy our dream for a ‘perfect’ equality. The problem is not that the government is not making enough laws or regulations. The problem is not that the government doesn’t understand what equality means. The problem starts in our hearts. Are our hearts focused on making America a perfect nation, or in spreading our dream with the world? We live in an imperfect world, incapable of perfection. Our dream cannot come true in this world, because our dreams are of the coming world. We must keep dreaming of the dream that will be fulfilled in the next life. We must keep dreaming because the perfect dream will guide our choices here on earth. We will look up and see the beauty of our dream. And through our God, the Lord of the universe, the creator of our God-given dream, we will follow our dream towards heaven.
We, Christian brothers and sisters, share a dream. It is the same dream that Daniel and Isaiah had. It is the same dream that John had. It is the same dream that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had. It is no longer a dream of America, it is a dream of heaven, with all nations bonded in brotherly love. It is a dream that God has given us. It is no longer a dream of earthly things, but of spiritual things of God. It is a dream of new life, without sin. The dream is pure joy. And we have a glimpse of this dream from God. We must share our dream, until the whole world knows, and praises God. For the Lord is our God, and he has given us this beautiful dream. It is our dream.
Have a wonderful day, celebrating the country that God has blessed us with!
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” -Romans 13:1 (ESV)
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” -1 Peter 2:16-17 (ESV)