…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
When you know right you should live right. You should be the same person in church as you are in the streets. You should be the same person that you are with strangers, as you are with friends and family. We shouldn’t be speaking one way yet doing another. It should be consistent and irrefutable. Naysayers shouldn’t be able to dispute you and knock you down.
Today is Independence Day, in the United States, and I pray that we all are protected from potential threats by those troubled due to their internal turmoil. Holidays can bring out the worst in people.
I pray that we are protected from the dangers that come from, excessive horse play and fireworks. The instructions and warnings on the packaging are there for a reason. Respect their purpose. Around bodies of water, be respectful that second to air, water is the most powerful physical force that we have on this planet. You do not stand a chance at challenging this. Be alert. Wear protective gear. Be mindful that it only takes a moment, to go from laughter to tears. Your carelessness can be costly.
I pray, that if your sobriety becomes questionable, that you opt to be a passenger and not a driver—and that your behavior toward strangers and those that you know, is loving and respectful.
I understand that this holiday celebrates the independence of one country from another, even though this country was founded by colonizers who stole the land and its resources from the native people who lived here for centuries before a foreigner ever stepped foot on this soil. I understand that this country had in its possession, enslaved people from numerous African countries—that our country (the US) refused to emancipate and provide reparations, so that they too could be independent.
Having this understanding does not give me the right to disrespect this holiday and the people who lost and gave their lives for a dream that we all ironically share—a desire for a full and robust life, liberty without question or interference from outside forces, and without swearing allegiance to any person or thing; and the freedom to pursue happiness in whatever form that we see fit.
For millions of us living in this country, we still don’t have those rights. So we should look at this day and be reminded of the sacrifices that were required for the bonds to be broken. We should remember the endless prayers. We should also remember that our country’s biggest ally was also once our captor. Irony and yet, a possibility. What would Jesus say and do at this time? Ponder that with love.
Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a Christian that some have encountered. I may be the only Bible that they have ever heard. I never want to set a bad example that will turn away potential followers.