Even though it’s not perfect I’m thankful to God to live in a country, The United States of America, that allows you to protest…allows you to hold leaders accountable…allows you the freedom to help this country grow into being the country that God has called it to be.
Psalm 33:12 (NKJV)
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
The United States was born through protest. The colonists felt they were being oppressed by England and their protest resulted in the USA.
We all know there are nations where if you speak out against the leader, you will be killed. There are many nations today where if you attempt to publicly protest, you will be imprisoned. That’s why it’s dangerous when you see a leader who fires or tries to discredit those who disagree with him or her, because if conditions were right, they have the potential to be a dictator.
When you think about it, part of America’s character and turbulent history is the protests. The southern states rebelled because they felt they were being oppressed by the Federal government. Even though they seceded, they were welcomed back in after losing. The United States fought for freedom around the world during WWI and WWII, while many it’s own citizens had second class citizenship. Many soldiers went to war, fought for freedom and were ‘put back in their place’ when they returned home. This is unfortunate.
Not long after that brave Americans who wanted equality and equity began to protest in what became known as the Civil Rights Movement. Many were killed because some Americans did’t want them to enjoy the same freedoms they enjoyed.
The right to protest peacefully is one of our most precious rights, and should never be taken for granted.
As you’re thanking God for the freedom to…
Come and go as you please…
Own your own weapons…
Pursue your own success…
Say what you want to say (with boundaries of course)…
In the words of Prince Rogers Nelson,
“Be glad you are free,
free to change your mind,
free to go most anywhere, anytime,
be glad you are free,
many a man who’s not,
be glad for what you have and what you’ve got.”
Stop and thank God for allowing you to live in a country that allows you to say what pisses you off, and work towards change with like-minded people.
As long as you do it peacefully and in a way that does not dishonor God, the Father of your Lord and Savior Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
Protesting peacefully doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate America.. It means you are exercising one of your most sacred rights.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.