But there is a part of me that I have held back. I have briefly mentioned my gratitude for this great nation, and our founding fathers, as well as the wonderful freedoms I am able to enjoy with my family. But I've never written too much on my feelings about government or politics. This has been out of fear. Fear of offending, fear of losing readers, even fear of confrontation from someone I might inadvertantly offend. How silly to hold back a part of who I am from my friends!
I'm not here today to talk political issues, or parties, or policies. But I do want to share with you that I'm not just a grateful American. My love for this country and my feelings on the direction we are heading run deep. I want to share it because it's not just a small part of who I am. It is a very big part of who I am and what shapes me, and the things I teach my family and the decisions I make as a citizen.
I am truly grateful for the Founding Fathers. For their values, the lives they lived, and the sacrifices they made. I want to know them better...their flaws as well as their greatness. I want my children to know them, know what they believed, and be grateful for what they made possible for us.
I want my children to not just learn about our founding documents, but to really know them. To know what they stand for, and what they were intended for.
I am no great historian by any stretch of the imagination. I was a slacker in school and cared more about flirting than learning. But I love learning about the history of our nation, and the people who shaped it, and I want to pass this love on to my children, who belong to the generation that holds the future of this nation in their hands.
I am worried that the intentions of those who founded this country, and the ideals this nation was founded upon are slowly being erroded by the waves of modern politics. I don't know how to change this, but I do know that it is important to always learn, and be involved.
That is why I am so grateful that a dear friend of ours and wonderful, inspiring man (he wouldn't say so...but he is) has started a blog. It is very new, just a few posts in - but oh how I've loved reading his thoughts and feelings regarding the state of our nation. His blog is called Common Sense Liberty and it is such a fitting name. Go check it out and you'll see what I mean.
I believe God's hand was in the founding of this great nation, and that it exists to bring about His purposes. I believe this with every fiber of my being. If you feel this way too, you'll love what my friend Monty has to say. Even if you don't, I think you'll enjoy his insights. So I urge you to all to go here right now and check it out! Make sure and tell him I sent you!