As we approach the fourth of July, Mike and I were incredibly reminded of the Blessing of Freedom we have in America during a recent trip to New York City.
New York City photo by Sharon Moye
We had the opportunity to see the play, Hamilton, which reminded us of the struggle our forefathers went through to obtain freedom for America.
Richard Rodgers Theatre- Hamilton An American Musical
We took a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. As you know the Statue of Liberty was a gift to America from France celebrating a hundred years of freedom that our forefathers fought for and won. Looking upon Ellis Island reminded us of the sacrifices our ancestors made in coming to America for a better life for them and their children.
Statue of Liberty photo by Sharon Moye
We then visited Ground Zero of the World Trade Center where we were reminded that there are people in this world who are violently opposed to our free way of Life. While viewing the names of the souls lost in United Airlines Flight 175, a beautiful flight attendant was washing over the names of the perished crew with water, silently remembering her aviation peers/friends that she flew with from the plane that went down. Being there, it was so real and tragic… So many lives were taken and family members and friends heartbroken.
Ground Zero photo by Sharon Moye
While in New York, I learned a sobering and alarming statistic that made me wonder if we are taking our freedoms for granted. Did you know that in the 2012 election, 25 million registered Christian voters stayed home, abrogating their right and responsibility to have a say in the direction of our country? As I reflected on the sacrifices made by so many brave men and women to ensure us the privilege of casting a ballot, I asked myself, “how could so many followers of Christ stay home on election day?”
There is no perfect candidate. There never will be. Only when Jesus returns to be King of the New Earth will we have a perfect leader. Instead of seeking the perfect candidate, we need to consider America, and the protection of our freedom. We should look at what each of the candidates stand for, and what is best for the future of our children and grandchildren.
We must be mindful not to base our decision on personalities, but on the facts of what he or she stands for and the consequences of her/his policies on our freedoms. For example, the next president will likely appoint three to five Supreme Court justices. As believers, we need to consider the philosophy of the justices that each candidate is likely to appoint.
Have faith that your vote counts and can make a difference. Take the time to be informed about the positions of the candidates. Honor the sacrifices of your ancestors who fought and died for your freedom, and vote.
Please join me and pray for the future of the United States of America. My desire is to pray three times a day for our current and future president. I will look to Heaven like Daniel looked to Jerusalem and pray for our nation. I am convicted for being casual about our freedoms. I desire to be a part of a people praying that God will be exalted in our country.
“Then I turned my face to the Lord God seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:3