Today is the Fourth of July. For many of us, celebrating the United States of America was a big deal. I am sure we can rewind to our childhood and remember some very pleasant memories from this holiday. Cookouts, family, fireworks, and more probably come to mind. In fact, many of us might have similar recollections from our adult years as well.
There is no denying the vibe is different this year. The anniversary of the founding of the Declaration of Independence doesn’t seem to carry the luster it has in prior years. But we have become used to this, right? Over the past couple years we have marked many other holidays that felt muted. However, the reason for the lack of enthusiasm was mostly precautionary. The pandemic was raging and people were advised to tone down celebrations.
When it comes to the Fourth of July this year, people are angry. An AP-NORC poll suggests that 85% of Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction. The reasons for discontent are too numerous to count. No matter your political leanings, religious views, or personal philosophies, you are most likely disappointed, heartbroken, or worried about something. No doubt about it, we are at a very critical juncture in our country’s history.
Despite living in an imperfect union (though we still must strive to make it more perfect), I do choose to celebrate the Fourth of July today. I remain invested in the founding principles of this country, the democratic fabric we hold dear, and the never-say-die spirit embraced by Americans. Yes, we have all felt let down, that is for sure. But the promise of our country is too much to give up on.
On this Fourth of July, let us make sure to pray for all our troops who bravely defend us. Don’t Blink.