This Fourth of July, Remember to Not Throw It All Away


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Over 3,000 years ago, God freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The Israelites witnessed the plagues God rained down on their oppressors, they saw the Red Sea part by his command, and they saw Pharaoh’s army drown. They were miraculously fed by God while guided on their journey by a pillar of fire and a pillar of cloud. 

Naturally, the Israelites responded to God choosing them by grumbling against God, making a golden calf to worship instead, and yearning to return to Egyptian slavery any time they were faced with adversity. They were given a glorious gift, and they tried with all their might to throw it away. 

3,000 years later, human nature hasn’t changed. 

We Americans have been blessed like no other people. Our founders risked their lives to build a nation like no other, founded upon the truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. 

Over the last 245 years, Americans have strived to live up to our principles and rid ourselves of the sins that were in violation of them. Americans died to end slavery and to ensure all men were treated equally before the law. They battled in the legislatures to secure the right of African-Americans and women to vote. Americans fought to defeat fascism and tyranny in Europe and Asia. 

They marched on Washington, cashing the promissory note that for so long had been unjustly denied. They went to the moon, defeated a communist tyranny, and changed the world with their entrepreneurship and inventions like the vaccines which are bringing an end to the pandemic that communist China unleashed upon the world. 

These accomplishments have made us the greatest country in the history of the world, and they were only made possible by the courage and sacrifices of those like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John and Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, MLK, and countless others.

Because of the sacrifices those heroes made, we have received a magnificent national inheritance. We are the freest people in the history of the world. Yet just like the Israelites, we’re ready to throw it all away. 

This growing sentiment towards our national heritage was perfectly embodied by hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who recently qualified for the Olympics by coming in third place at the Olympic trials. When the national anthem was played during the award ceremony, Berry did not proudly stand or show any gratitude towards the country giving her the chance to go to the Olympics. Instead, she turned away from the flag and acted like a child. Afterward, Berry had this to say about our anthem: “I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose. I was pissed, to be honest.”

Berry is but one example of the growing number of Americans yearning to throw our national inheritance away. Many claim that our founders were evil racists, that 1776 was nothing more than a mask for the systems of oppression of 1619, and the values of the Revolution must be destroyed and something new must take its place. Natural law must give way to critical race theory. Equality must give way to intersectionality. Capitalism must give way to socialism. Judeo-Christian morality must give way to moral relativism. 

For those like Berry who are ready to throw it all away, I would urge them to look back at some of the heroes throughout our history like Frederick Douglass or MLK. These men were actually discriminated against. They were deprived of the full range of their inheritance. None of them could have been blamed if they had hated America and wanted to tear it all down. Yet instead, they understood that America had been given an inheritance of liberty, and rather than try to destroy that inheritance, they fought to make sure every American received their portion of it. 

That inheritance is why we are free today. It is why America is the greatest country on Earth. In rejecting that inheritance and longing for socialism or tribalism or any other manifestation of slavery and tyranny, we jeopardize the very freedoms we have come to take for granted.

God has blessed our nation like no other. We have been given an inheritance of liberty which we throw at our own peril, for if we reject our inheritance as the Israelites rejected theirs, we shall have only ourselves to blame if we once more find ourselves in chains. So this Fourth of July, remember to not throw it all away. Be thankful for the inheritance our forefathers gave us, and fight to make sure the next generation gets their inheritance too. 

Jack Shields is a student at Texas A&M University. He is a history major and huge Dallas Cowboys fan, with interests in politics, religion, and philosophy.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Jack Shields is a student at Texas A&M University. He is a history major and huge Dallas Cowboys fan, with interests in politics, religion, and philosophy.

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