by Mel Tavares
While our nation continues trending toward apathy, I remain in the camp of patriotism. From the time I was a young child, it was ingrained in me to deeply appreciate the independence and freedoms we enjoy here in America. Never have I taken freedom for granted, and always have I been grateful to those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.
We often say, “We bleed red, white, and blue in our family.”
Our fences and porch railings are draped with banners, and the flag waves proudly to all who pass by. As a child of the fire chief, happy days were spent shining up the old ’56, then installing big flags on the rear of the truck in preparation for the parade. In my hometown village, kids still decorate bikes with red, white, and blue crepe paper in honor of the brave who have fought or are currently courageously fighting for the citizens of our country.
Some might think we are a bit excessive when creating cakes with flag designs made of blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream while singing songs like “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “America the Beautiful.” We pay tribute to all, with a special remembrance to those who persevered in September of 1814 while the British bombarded Fort McHenry for twenty-five hours and Francis Scott Key for penning the words to our National Anthem.
I am reminded of another who was brave and courageous. God chose Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land following the death of Moses. The military action would not be easy and would require Joshua to fight to take the land God had promised. Knowing the bravery needed for victory, God commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous twice (Joshua 1:7-9). With God’s help, Joshua led the men as a conquering army who claimed their land, which became the home of the free.
Joshua’s success can be attributed to his following the commands of the Lord and being careful to obey explicit instructions. Likewise, our ability to persevere and succeed in being a voice for Christ in this country founded on Biblical principles depends on our obedience in meditating on the Book of the Law day and night. As we carefully obey all written, we will experience victory in our endeavors.
There are many battles to be fought here on the soil of our great nation. Maintaining the voice of truth in a society that embraces anything except absolute truth requires tenacity. Speaking up for the unborn, the trafficked, and those suffering injustice is not a battle for the faint-hearted. Rallying against those who seek to take away our freedoms requires bravery. Writing books outlining the attempts to tear down the values that hold the fabric of our society together takes tremendous courage.
Just as Joshua needed the Lord to go before him and be with him wherever he went, we need to trust God to go before us as we proudly ‘bleed’ red, white, and blue, standing as the soldiers did at Fort McHenry as the enemy bombards our nation. If we persevere and hold our ground, we will see that our flag is still there, just as Francis Scott Key penned long ago.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1: 7-9 NIV)
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About the author: Mel Tavares is an accomplished writer and speaker/teacher, both in ministry and in her career. She is passionate about encouraging and teaching writers. Her target market is women who are hurting and in need of Biblical hope. In addition to ghost writing and authoring her own books, Mel is a contributing author to several books, including the recently released DaySpring “Sweet Tea for the Soul: Comfort for Grieving Hearts.” She writes for several online Christian communities, teaches classes online, conducts Facebook Live series, and is a podcast guest as opportunities arise. She is a wife, mom to seven, and grandma to ten.
Join the conversation: Do you ‘bleed’ red, white, and blue? How do you celebrate the 4th?