Are you patriotic? Do you love this country and the principles that our nation, The United States of America, was founded on? News Flash: you don’t have to agree with our nation’s current policies or applaud the actions of our political leaders.
What does it mean to be patriotic? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines patriotism as,
“Love of one’s country; the passion which aims to serve one’s country, either in defending it from invasion, or protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigor and purity. Patriotism is the characteristic of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in the character of a citizen.”
Were the men who signed the Declaration of Independence patriotic? Undoubtedly.
But did they agree with the current political forces in England? Absolutely not. They fought vigorously to protect their God given rights of freedom from tyranny and unequal treatment.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were branded as traitors by the leaders of their Society – the British Parliament and King George III. Did that make them wrong to stand up for what they believed and adamantly oppose their King and Country? These men pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for what was considered a treasonous cause!
No, our Founding Fathers were not wrong. They were actively protecting their God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They understood that it was their patriotic duty to defend their liberty and that of their posterity.
Samuel Adams, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and the hundreds of forgotten patriots who stood up to the tyrannies of England had the obligation to disagree with (even throw off) their government when that government failed to defend Christian principles of liberty.
Likewise, it is our duty to continue the defense of liberty in the modern United States of America. The present assault against our basic liberties and freedom of conscience is subtle and has escalated gradually, but that only makes the attack more deadly. Our liberty is even being attacked in the name of “liberty!”
What are our rights? What is our freedom?
True freedom is not found in being allowed to do whatever we please. It is not found in violating nature’s laws or the Law of God. It is found in Jesus’ words in John 8,
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. […] Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
We have the God given liberty to obey Him and follow His Law. That is the best way to serve and defend our nation. Patriotism demands that we protect our rights and maintain its laws in vigor and purity. Don’t look to politicians and what is politically correct to determine what is patriotic.
It is the responsibility of every patriotic citizen of the United States to use critically thinking minds and be true to the Christian principles that gave birth to this nation. Loyalty to God comes before loyalty to Government. Only then can we be truly patriotic.