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Some years ago, a picture of the historic flag designed by Betsy Ross appeared around July 4 on the front page of a Chicago newspaper. Underneath the picture were the words, "It's time to check our stitches again." It's almost July 4 again, and in my opinion we need to check our stitches to see if we are still the home of the brave and the land of the free.
John Adams said, "Whether we live or die, sink or swim, succeed or fail, I stand behind this Declaration of Independence. And if God wills it, I am ready to die in order that this country might experience freedom."
It was that kind of patriotism which led men, armed with little more than hunting rifles, to engage in battle with what was the most powerful nation in the world. Many of our forefathers paid a terrible price that you and I might be citizens of this "land of the free and home of the brave."
But the United States is rapidly forgetting the God of our fathers, the God who gave this nation its birth and greatness. Patrick Henry said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
We often forget that in declaring their independence from England our forefathers made an equally strong "Declaration of Dependence" upon God. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins with these words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Yes, I believe we need to stop and check the stitches. America has strayed, but there is still hope! We do not have to go the way of many of the past nations. If we turn and start once again doing those things that made us great, there is hope.
Next week: God has blessed America, now it is our turn. Pray for our leaders.