Time to wrap up Patriot Week.
First of all, I don’t get to thank enough men and women who have served in the military. So if any of you are reading, thank you for doing what I am not cut out to do.
To close out Patriot week, I just want to throw a few final thoughts at you about all the things that are exceptionally easy for us to do as “patriots” in a free society, whether you’re in America, Canada, Australia, or some other British colony…
It’s Easy in America…
It’s really easy for us to complain about wars and military spending…while we sit in relative safety, benefiting from the protection we are afforded by military spending.
It’s really easy for us to complain about the evils of capitalism, about how CEOs make ungodly amounts of cash, while we, “average,” middle classers, continue to enjoy being in the top 10% of global wealth.
It’s really easy to complain about how society is going to hell while we use the same freedom everyone else enjoys…to judge everyone else.
It’s really easy to get protective about small issues like “under God,” or “keeping Christ in Christmas,” because we don’t have any real persecution to deal with.
It’s really easy to be a “patriot,” when all that entails is a flag on the porch and a bumper sticker on the car.
It’s really easy to be a pessimist today. But I blame much of our pessimism on the fact that we don’t know history. The future seems hopelessly dire, until we learn just what circumstances our ancestors survived.
We face steep challenges. But if you have the technology to read this, then I do believe we have been blessed by God. We have a purpose from God and a role to play in history. We have a lot to be thankful for.
So, let’s hear it. If you’re in the states, how are you celebrating the Fourth? Wherever you are, what do you think is one of the best aspects of the country or society you live in?