Today is the Fourth of July, the birthday of our great country. It is a day that will be celebrated with cookouts and fireworks. It is a day that families will have time together. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten why today is celebrated; they are unaware of the sacrifices that have been made.
On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted. We claimed our independence from Britain. We united as a people with one purpose, to be free of the repressive control of England. They did so in the face of the most powerful country in the world at the time, without regard for their own safety.
As Christians, I feel that that there is an overwhelming necessity to declare our independence from this world. The early patriots were united in one purpose; why as Christians is this so difficult? Paul Revere is probably a good example as any. He risked his life to warn the people that “The British are coming!”
As a father and leader of the teens at my local church. I feel the need to scream from the rooftops, “The British are coming!” While the invasion is not by land or by sea, the world’s philosophies and ideas are taking out our young people at an alarming rate. According to research by the Church Communication Network, between 64 and 94 percent of teens leave the Church with a few years of graduating high school.
We need real Christians to take a stand and live a life that our young people can look to for guidance. They are so bombarded with the MTV lifestyle that this has become normal to them. They have been so consumed with what they think “normal” is that they are falling away from the church in droves. We have parents that would rather be “cool” and let them keep up with the Kardashians, than actually be a parent and protect them from this nonsense.
When Paul Revere made his famous ride, he did so with no thought for his own life or well being. He risked his life so that he might warn others. He simply had a task to do and he did it.
I’m not asking you to risk your life, I am asking you to not risk the future life of your children. I’m calling on you, parents, to take a stand against the culture in which we live. If we do not warn our young people, then who will?