Tomorrow is a day of celebration – of food and family, parades, bands and fireworks. Maybe some of you even had a “patriotic” themed church service on Sunday, with an American flag cake afterward.
I am an avid student of American history. It’s just unendingly fascinating, in all of its contradictions. Our society was founded by flawed heroes. And among the most flawed and the most heroic is the author of our national “scripture,” Thomas Jefferson. The man who helped give birth to our society with the words “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”
Self evident. These truths don’t need explaining or evidence. They are plainly obvious and indisputable.
The problem is that the man was writing ideals. And while the truth of the words may have been self-evident, they weren’t always evident in the life of Thomas Jefferson, or any other American since then.
Jesus spoke in truths, but for 2000 years, his followers have had mixed results with actually making the truth evident in their lives.
Maybe as we celebrate this Independence Day, we can resolve to make a few of these truths, which we hold to be self-evident, more evident in ourselves…