3 Reasons The 4th of July Is a Sacred Day for Western Civilisation
Beyond the barbecuing and fireworks, the Fourth of July is a reminder that America is a Christian nation. Of course, most of us had always known that Christians found the United States and that most Americans identify as Christian. Another reason perhaps’s she is so badly hated. Despite her torn past, America still remains the symbol of (CHRISTIAN) liberty and justice. “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” —President Grover Cleveland, accepting the Statue of Liberty on behalf of the U.S., October 28th, 1886
On the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the birthday of the United States of America. This date is significant not only for Americans but for all of Western civilization. Here are three reasons why:
1. The 4th of July –a Torch of Liberty for the Free World
The 4th of July is the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. This document declares the United States to be a free and independent nation. It is one of the most important documents in American history and it helped to shape the future of Western civilization. Here are three important historical anecdotal:
a. It marks the beginning of the end of British imperialism
b. It is a symbol of the power of democracy
c. It reminds us that all people are equal
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2. The 4th of July –an Opportunity to express Gratitude for Religious Freedom
America offers significant religious freedom for Christians (and others) to freely worship. This freedom is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to freedom of religion.
Christians in America enjoy a wide range of religious freedoms, including the freedom to worship freely and openly, the freedom to express their beliefs publicly, and the freedom to build churches and other religious institutions. Here are three important historical anecdotal:
a. These freedoms have allowed Christianity to flourish in America and have made the United States a beacon of religious freedom for people of all faiths
b. The United States continues to operate as one of the nations offering the most religious freedom worldwide.
c. Did you know that more than one-fourth of the nations in the world (53) include some form of legal restrictions or prohibition toward Christian activities?
3. The 4th of July –an Opportunity to express Appreciation for Those Who Defend Our Freedom
The 4th of July is the day that America also expresses their gratitude to the men and women who have served and are serving the country. As a South African Christian, I join in to honour their heroic sacrifices and commitment to defending our freedom. We also remember the families of our veterans, who have made many sacrifices of their own. Here are three important historical anecdotal:
a. We often forget our freedom of religion and other freedoms can only continue if America remains the custodian of democracy
b. America is not a perfect nation. One does not need to agree with every military decision or conflict, but the fact remains that we can be thankful for all those who serve and their families.
In conclusion, the 4th of July is a sacred day for Western civilization. It marks the beginning of the journey to becoming a free and independent for both the nations of America and the rest of the world. On this day, Christians particular can celebrate América’s hard-won freedoms and remember the brave men and women who have fought to protect our way of life. We also reflect on the principles that this great nation was founded on, and pray that they will recommit to uphold them in the face of adversity.