I was kinda looking forward to watching some fireworks tonight and a bit toward today… you know, THE Fourth of July? Yet, since I woke this morning a phrase has been bouncing around my mind like a ricochet bullet. “Celebrating rebellion!”
Now, certainly, I understand the actions and long-suffering nature of the Founders as well as the many grievances against the Crown. That is not really the issue. It is the culture we have of ‘celebrating rebellion!’
Having very recently gone through an issue of rebellion in my household and being the father involved, it occurs to me that as a culture we celebrate rebellion in all of its forms! Think 60’s, rock and roll, pro-choice, etc, etc. The list is really endless. In fact, the very nature of the fallen human condition is rebellion. Pure and simple.
Today, most have little understanding of what this day is really about. Most think fireworks, bbq, and beer. Oh, and a three day weekend.
But seriously. What are we celebrating?
Seeing the trajectory of our nation and the non-Biblical things that influenced our Founders who were steeped in the humanism of the Enlightenment, I have to believe that even in the heart of seeking independence, there was a decidedly un-Biblical spirit of rebellion. There always is.
So where does that put me? A veteran. A ‘patriot.’ A believer in the Most High Elohim, God of Avraham, Itzhak and Ya’acov (Yisrael).
I don’t really know. I do know that I associate much more closely with my King and His Holy Days (Holidays). I find WAY more joy in Pesach and Simchat Torah!
Somehow, this year I have no pleasure in celebrating rebellion. I want only a heart for the King.