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Independence Day

Published 10:17am Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Although the day doesn’t hold the same meaning for those who choose not to share the Christian faith and annually celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth as it does for those who do, most still refer to the day itself as Christmas. And even though the secularization of our nation has led many to say phrases such as “season’s greetings” instead of Merry Christmas, and refer to social gatherings as “holiday parties” versus Christmas parties, the holiday itself has never been publicly marketed as the 25th of December. If it were, Christians would most certainly be up in arms over the commercialization of their holiday even more so than they are today.

As Americans, Independence Day is our holiest of days. It is the day on which we celebrate the founding fathers’ intent to separate the 13 original colonies from British rule. It is the day the United States of America was born.

When we think of Independence Day, we think of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, George Washington and Valley Forge. We think of sacrifice and commitment. We think of all that makes this nation great.

For many, Independence Day has come to be known as the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July conjures up images as well, such as parades and fireworks, backyard cookouts and a day off from work. Wonderful distractions, all of these, from the normal day-to-day activities of our lives. But a distraction, nonetheless, from the real meaning of the day.

As Americans, let us remember this July fourth what the day is truly about: the day on which we celebrate our independence, our freedom, and the birth of the greatest nation on earth.

  • Liberty With Responsibility

    I suspect if you look at the figures of where most people that are seeking to move to another country from their native land most wish to end up, most would be apiring to come to the USA, still. I cannot imagine any other nation that has millions upon millions of new immigrants inside their borders.

    I like the essay above. I had never thought of this before, but, you’re right! Good thoughts.

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  • Sinoptik

    “and the birth of the greatest nation on earth.”

    But I thought Norway celebrated May 17th?

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    • handkusp45

      Why don’t you move to Norway if you think it is better?

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      • Sinoptik

        I debated it, but I’m too invested here. I was actually pointing out that just because someone says America’s the greatest country does not make it true. We have a long way to go, and too few trying to get there.

        However, If you can list some reasons why America is the greatest of all countries, I’m willing to listen and change my opinion.

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    • handkusp45

      Some reasons why I believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth:
      Wait a minute! I almost fell into the trap laid by sinoptic. I was preparing to list the reasons that I believe the US is the geatest nation. But then I realized it would be a waste of time. Despite how far we have wandered from the Founders original intent as seen in the Constitution and Bill of Rights it is still obvious that we are the bastion of freedom for the entire world.If you can’t see that on your on perhaps you can tell me why Norway is better. I don’t believe they saved the world twice in the 20th Century.

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