“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” – John Adams
John Adams expressed this sentiment in a letter to his wife, Abigail. On this Memorial Day, we stop to remember those who lost their lives protecting and preserving the Freedom that those of Adams’ generation won with their lives. But as we fire up our grills and wave our flags, I can’t help but think that Adams is, indeed, repenting in Heaven that he ever took half the pains to preserve our Freedom. We have not made good use of it.
I cancelled my cable TV months ago with the intent of only watching the basic channels that are still “free.” Nothing is free these days. My Smart TV is not smart enough to broadcast television programs without the aid of some kind of magic box. I have chosen to let said box “for just a few dollars” sit on the shelf at my local electronics store. So, I continue to live with only Netflix and would be blissfully ignorant of what is happening in this country if it weren’t for the big screen in my office break room that broadcasts CNN—all day long. Considering it’s CNN, I’m probably still ignorant of the facts, but I digress.
Every morning I walk into work hearing about a new Islamic threat, a new ISIS threat, a new IS threat, and probably by tomorrow it will be a new I threat. That should make me proud to know that our brothers and sisters in arms are giving their lives to keep me safe from this threat that began with 9/11, except that my extensive research has proven to me that the false-flag operation of 9/11 has our brothers and sisters fighting a fabricated war. Further, whistleblowers are now revealing that our own CIA may be behind the current threat. I am now bothered to know our courageous men and women are being ordered into harm's way by powers that have more interest in profit than liberty. [Those who are interested can do their own research. You may want to start with the destruction of Building 7 of the WTC, which was not hit by a plane, and the more than 2,500 architects and engineers who have investigated the NIST report of 9/11—a report by our government—and who think it's a false report. http://architects-engineers.org/]
In addition, the FDA has sanctioned diets and GMO foods and pesticides that are killing us slowly [http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/dangers-gmo-foods/#]. The mainstream media seems to be manipulating officer-involved shootings to a degree that causes widespread protests and looting. I say manipulating because a year ago, I watched (on CNN) an unarmed woman with her hands up be gunned down by police in front of the White House while her small daughter watched from the backseat car seat. That story evoked no outrage or riots. If we are a people truly concerned with justice, why ignore her justice? [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/08/miriam-carey-autopsy-dc-chase_n_5109397.html]
So, our very own government may not be as keen on protecting us as we want to think. But, as a “democracy,” we are supposed to be governing ourselves. That is, we the people are to be conducting ourselves in such a way as to not need the interference and intrusion of a big, powerful government into our lives. I believe a democracy, by definition, should have a small government run by the people. We no longer have that, and everyone is now clamoring about the rights we are losing left and right. It’s because we cannot conduct ourselves properly that we are losing our rights. Proper conduct is as simple as living by one rule.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth reminded us of two basic rules we should live by: love God and treat others as you want to be treated. Even an atheist should have no problem with that second rule: TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. How hard is that? Before you do something, ask yourself, “Do I want someone to do this to me?” If you profess to be a Christian, you would do well to ask yourself this question often through the day, as would I.
When I see the injustice, the hate, and the downright meanness in our country, it’s easy for me to think it’s because they don’t know God. They have no motivation to treat others the way they want to be treated. But then I see Christians behaving in like manner, and I don’t know what to think. And neither do people who have not personally experienced the salvation of Christ. When they see a baker refusing to make a cake for a gay couple because it’s “against” their religion, other people don’t want anything to do with this Jesus who picks and chooses who to love. Of course, Jesus does not pick and choose who to love. His love and salvation extends to all humanity. But the only way humanity can see Him is through others. Certainly, when a baker refuses to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple but unwittingly provides wedding cakes for adulterers and fornicators, it’s hypocritical. Does the baker ask every customer what his or her sexual purity is before consenting to take the order? But, the question of judgment makes it very difficult for people to have open and honest discussions with Christians. Other people are always quick to point out how “judgmental” we Christians are. They fail to see how judgmental they are in making their judgments against us. They, too, fail to treat others the way they want to be treated.
On this Memorial Day, it is my prayer that Americans, both Christians and non-Christians would make good use of the Freedom we still have by treating others the way they want to be treated. And not just for this day, but tomorrow and the next. And not just by buying a cup of coffee for the guy in line behind you. But treat other people the way you want to be treated in your business, in your work, in your school, in your marriage, in your parenting. If you find this too difficult to do, you might consider looking to the One who commanded us to do this in the first place. He promised to give us the Power we need to fulfill the mandate. It is truly the only way we will ever be able to accomplish the task. I believe fulfilling this command to treat others the way we want to be treated is the only hope we have of truly preserving the Freedom we still have.