We the People.......
So begins the Constitution of this great country we live in. I say great because if we were to start all over again in today's society, have a rebellion, a tea party so to speak, and fight against our oppressors, how would we start the new constitution? Maybe something like this...
We the people who are not quite sure who we are or what we believe in...............
Almost 250 years after being united in common purpose, spirit and a general commonality of faith, we come before God and each other very confused about what is truth? What can we say that won't be deemed critical of someone else's lifestyle? How do we protect our children from so many predators? Where is the love that can overcome hate? The takers seem to out number the givers, so who is really on the side of goodness?
I say great because our forefathers are why we have the freedom we have, and that not because we deserve it any more than a water starved tribe in Africa. Someone paid the price for that freedom and this Memorial Day is a good time to reflect on that considerable price. In blood, sweat and tears the ability to be free has been carved out of history and handed directly to you and me. The question is what shall we do with it now?
We the people who believe that God is our father, and Jesus is our redeemer...
Will understand that if we don't share the incredible joy of the Gospel of hope, the ability to experience cleansing and forgiveness, then our future shall not be so great. The only thing standing between total confusion of what freedom is and isn't is the voice of a reasonable and loving God who won't give up on us even if we give up on ourselves. It is up to us dear friends to never forget where we came from, how we got here, and who it was that released us from the chains of self destruction.
We The People...if we forget this will be nothing more than puppets on a string who cannot speak unless it is with someone else's voice. I say to all of us who have helped pay the price of freedom, or have been given numerous chances to get life right, don't sit back and be the silent majority but stand up to be the majority that is not silent!
We the people...must never forget that we are the people of an awesome God. The only real Bill of Rights that we have was tacked on to a cross at Calvary, and we must hold that truth to be self-evident!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.