Although there will be fewer parades, fireworks, and community breakfasts this year while we celebrate the liberties of living in a free and independent nation, our hearts should ultimately turn to the Author of freedom.
The founding fathers who committed acts of treason by signing the Declaration of Independence were inspired by God to ignite our country’s battle for independence.
The scores of social distance flags flying throughout our community on the Fourth will help remind us of how blessed we are to bask daily in our countless freedoms.
Here is a smattering of quotes from leaders throughout the years who poignantly wrote of our blessings of freedom from various angles:
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” – The Apostle Paul
“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.” – Helen Gahagan Douglas
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.” – Germaine Greer
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner
“Who ever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can’t go hand in hand, I don’t want to go.” – Hazel Scott
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” – George Bernard Shaw
“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell Willkie
“America, to me, is freedom.” – Willie Nelson
“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea — and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from, but where you are going.” – Condoleezza Rice
“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.” – Marquis de Lafayette
“What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? …A patriotism that puts country ahead of self; a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” – Adlai Stevenson
“I am convinced that if we are to continue to have the freedoms which came of the inspiration of the Almighty to our Founding Fathers, we must return to the God who is their true author… May we look to him as the author of our liberty. – Gordon B. Hinckley
Charlie Roberts and his wife Janna are preparing to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zambia.