As we pause in 2021 to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, let us remember, or be reminded, of what freedom is.

Freedom; n. The condition of not being in prison or captivity. — The condition of being free of restraints, especially the ability to act without control or interference by another or by circumstance.

For most of 2020 we were not allowed to go to church. We were not allowed to visit our loved ones in nursing homes nor were we allowed to bury our dead in accordance with our deeply-held beliefs and traditions. Restaurants, spas and schools were closed. Why?

I love how the cross shines through the flag. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. — Somebody say amen!

Could it be because too many of us were afraid? Afraid of what? We watched the mainstream media and believed what we were being fed. For those of you who don’t know, I once worked full-time as a reporter. I can generally tell when someone is spreading a load of manure; it usually stinks.

When the government dictates how we live, that isn’t freedom. When the government pays people to stay home and not get a job, that isn’t freedom.

Our founding fathers paid a heavy price to birth this nation. America is the last line of defense. If freedom falls here, where will we go? Canada? No– not an option. Maybe WE could try sneaking into Mexico? Yea. Right. No way, Jose.

There are links in this blog to listen to. My heart loves to hear Lee Greenwood sing GOD BLESS THE USA. This version features a group called Home Free. A truly talented group of young men. (A special shout to one of my Godsons for telling me about Home Free. Thanks Wes!)

If you would like to know some fascinating facts about our Christian heritage, check out Wall Builders. David Barton and the gang have an impressive site to learn our history, and learn it accurately. This is no boring site. Wall Builders in my all-time favorite to read about our founding fathers.

You may want to hear our national anthem: here is a link to an audio file with more than one verse. I promise you, it is NOT Whitney Houston. (grin) It actually sounds like a military choir; just my two cents. I do love the line that says, in part, “…Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.” The Star Spangled Banner is an inspired piece of music.

In the year 2021 and in all the years to come, may we remember the price that was paid for freedom. May we never forget what was taken from us in 2020. Just as 20/20 means perfect vision, may we all look back with clarity of vision and seek the One who gave HIS life for each of us.

John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” What truth? John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life….'”

Knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the best kind of freedom and faith in Him does away with fear. Live free. Live fearless.

Take a minute or two and enjoy this video and music by CARMAN. The title of the song is GOD IN AMERICA AGAIN. It captures in music and images what this blog is all about.

Until next time, I’ll get off my soap box.

All gave some, some gave all. May we never forget. #military #veteran #history #militarylife #history

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