Freedom without America [Tuesday, Jul. 04, 2006, 8:17 pm]
Homemade Maple ice cream is really really good. One of the few times I can ask for seconds and not feel guilty.
So we went to a parade today. That was fun. I even got a few pieces of candy from my little brothers. But I won't be going to fireworks tonight because for one thing, it will be very mosquitoish, and I have another 5:30 work morning tomorrow, so I don't want to stay up too late.
I remember one year there was a thunderstorm, right in the middle of the firework display. It completely humbled them. All of a sudden there was a huge flash of lightning, the kind that somehow splits the sky horizontally and turns everything greenish-yellow for a brief second. There was an audible gasp of "Wow" from the crowd that was gathered, and the pitiful man-made firework display was, for a moment, forgotten. And as we were leaving, my mom commented that we really got a unique opportunity to see who the real Master of fireworks was.
And just as a man-made firework display is no match for God's lightning, so the freedom that we celebrate on this day falls far short of the freedom that God offers to us all, regardless of what country we happen to consider home. It's easy to get caught up in the idea of "freedom," and to view it solely as the result of political maneuvering. Even though we live in a so-called "free" nation, there are still so many people living here who are living in bondage. But no one has to. No one can be their own god - it is foolish to try, and that is not what true freedom is a result of.
Yes, thank God for this lacking, but wonderful country of America. But thank him even more for the freedom he gives that transcends eras, countries, presidents, and any kind of political system.
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