Oh Say Can You See...

04 July 2010

By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

I added the extra lines of our national anthem, which are so often sadly forgot as we sing only the first verse. I wanted to have my whole point across, and to do so, you need everything, not just half.

On this beautiful Independence Day evening, when many of our fellow Americans will be viewing fireworks and enjoying family picnics and parties and barbecues, I want to pause for a minute and remember how we got here

Did our Founding Fathers simply say "Hmm, wouldn't it be nice to make our own laws?" and that was that - they were free? No. For it was much, much harder than that. The British were stubborn, and it took eight years to defeat them. Eight years. Just think about that for a minute. A child who was born at the beginning of the Revolutionary War would be eight years old by the end of it. Almost a decade.

Another point: the American Revolution was not, in the literal aspect, a revolution, actually. It was more of a political separation. Did the Americans throw out all doctrine of any kind and start new at the end of the Revolution? No, they used and imitated English, Greek, and Roman law. And we have remained allies with Great Britain every since the end of the War of 1812. We are no longer their enemies, but now their friends. What kind of a revolution is that?

Once the war was won, the Founding Fathers did not simply cheer and celebrate. They got to work, forming an American government so that we would not be allowed to grow anarchic. The delegates all gathered in Philadelphia in the year 1787 and formed the Constitution. It was a very hot summer, and the mood of the room itself was very warm at times. They argued countlessly, but in the end, the Constitution was ratified.

Throughout the years, our country has born strife. The Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, you name it. But through it all, by clinging to our faith in the Living God and by living by the Constitution, we have survived and more than that, we have become the most prosperous nation.

But there are some who want to take that prosperity from us. There are many in our country who hate our freedom and seek to destroy it. We must be aware of these. We must live by our faith in God and by keeping the Constitution as the law of the land.

So, on this 4th of July, remember how we got here and strive to keep our homeland from being ripped apart and our freedoms stomped out.

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof.
                                                                                Leviticus 25:10

3 epistles:

  1. Lovely post. Happy Fourth of July. Stay safe and God bless :D

  2. Great post! We so often forget what those songs truly mean... Thanks for the reminder! :)

  3. Yep, I made the promo. ;) and Happy 4th (though it's a little late. :) It rained/sprinkled on us. :) So that made me think of you. :) :)

    ~Awel P.


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