For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

As we celebrate our country’s 246th birthday, our country suffers from some serious divisions. Our country suffered from divisions at the time it was founded. Our Founding Fathers did not all believe the same things or agree on everything. It took them weeks of discussion, arguing, and perseverance at considerable risk to their lives to pen our founding documents.

What made them stick with it? Their overall belief that despite their differences, liberty, freedom, and the formation of a democratic republic was worth it. It was and still is. What they risked their lives to form is still the greatest country in the world.

I make no effort to disguise my beliefs. I know there are more of you who believe differently than I do than believe the same way I do. This is the way Jesus said it would be. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14).

I pray that somewhere along this path I trod, I change some of your minds, but I accept that there will be many minds I will not change. I respect each of you. You are my neighbors. We, like our Founding Fathers, must agree to disagree and come together on the things that matter. We must respect and honor each other despite our differences. If we want to make changes in this great country, we must do it the way our Founding Fathers designated, at the polls. Run for office if you are called to do so. Vote for the politicians and laws that represent your beliefs. That is where your power and mine lies.

For those of you who believe in God, remember He called us to liberty well before our Founding Fathers did. If you don’t believe in God, He and our Founding Fathers gave all of us a country in which we can practice our liberty.

Today, I choose to thank God for our Great country as we celebrate its Birthday. In the words of Lee Greenwood, “God Bless The U.S.A.”

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