On the 4th of July, we Americans celebrate our nation’s independence. It is fitting and proper that we should do this.
In addition to celebrating with parades, picnics and fireworks, it is also appropriate to pray.
Our prayers should certainly include thanking the Lord for the U.S.A. and our opportunities as citizens.
Our prayers should also include intercessory prayers for those who serve in the military and in various government leadership positions.
And, let us pray for wisdom for ourselves as well as our leaders. I humbly suggest that we consider our expectations about what the federal government ought to be doing and what it ought not be doing for its citizens. In the 200 plus years since our nation was formed, the role of government has expanded to such a degree that dependence on the government has been fostered.
The founders provided a wonderful framework by setting up our precious Constitution. Our representative form of government provides the opportunity to debate choices we face about what the government will provide as services and spend for those services.
On Independence Day, let us think about (and pray about) how much dependence on our government we will accept as free people.