Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin
7557 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 | email@example.com | 925.828.1580
A Word from Our Pastor
Fourth of July...
Time seems to have speeded up as I have grown older, as I recollect it was only in the last week or so that we celebrated Christmas together. Christmas is easy to tie to our faith because it at the very center of God’s revelation in Christ Jesus. But in my opinion the Fourth of July is important as well. It seems as if it is an entirely secular event, one that has more to do with government than grace, but the words of Thomas Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence echo a Holy theme that is important to all people everywhere, human dignity and freedom.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
God has given us the right to choose, the freedom to be ourselves, and so long as we allow others the freedom to do the same we should be able to live without the interference of others, be it through government or an individual. Even with all the laws it seems we have and all the complaining I and the others around me might do, I still believe that this is still true. With all of the faults this nation might have it is still one of the few places a person can live free.
Many people in this country feel as if we are moving away the freedom to practice our faith. That somehow our government is beginning to make it more difficult to practice our faith. The truth is that most of the court decisions and laws passed in the last 100 years have done the opposite. The problem is that any time you try to make more room for one group you end up cramping another. We are a nation of immigrants and our fellow Americans are coming from cultures much further away that the early European waves of immigration. If you truly want to consider a people who has lost almost everything look at the indigenous Americans like the Iroquois or Cheyenne.
For one person to truly be free, we all need to be free. This is equality and it will rub all of us wrong from time to time. We truly have been endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Unfortunately the loud music I might like to play at midnight will most likely irritate the heck out of you, especially if you need to get up at 4am to get to work. If you need a treatise to explain all this, read First Corinthians 13… it is all about love.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Be Free, Be Responsible!
Pastor Jim Bliss