I read this article on the Inspiring Pretty Website. It should give us something to think about as we approach our 4th of July holiday. It will help remind you that we’ve been through all this before and need to keep our eyes on the reason and purpose for which the United States was founded.

While he was in office, he was one of the most unpopular presidents to ever serve the United States. But he was still ridiculed in public print, accused of being power hungry, and called a tyrant by a leading newspaper editor of the day. Some said he used the office of being President just to gain favor and become more respected, and critics didn’t even like the parties he gave. On and on it went.

His Secretary of State resigned in disagreement over foreign policy; two of his Cabinet members quit and joined an opposing political party to fight him. There were riots in the streets, and Congress refused to give him what he needed to enforce the law. Everyone felt the United States was on the brink of a full-scale civil war. Predictably, scores of newspapers and many American patriots demanded his immediate resignation.

He ultimately declared: “I would rather be in the grave, than in the Presidency.” Sound familiar? No, it was Abraham Lincoln, even though he was treated terribly. And no, it isn’t someone you may think it is. This man was the man on whom later was conferred the highest honor possible: the undying title, the Father of his country. Yes, that’s right! George Washington!

Feelings may vanish with vision, and misunderstandings rise to cloud issues, but if God ordained this nation, then it didn’t come into existence to fail. Having served in the military and was ready to give my life for this country so America could remain free, perhaps I view the Fourth of July from a different perspective. And having worked continuously since I began working at age sixteen-years-old, I didn’t have the government giving me anything, I had to earn it all. Would I trade what I went through with what young people expect today? Absolutely not! That would be like asking a butterfly if it would rather go back to being a pet caterpillar. Happy 4th of July, everyone. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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