Newsletter of Walker United Methodist Church
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The news is full of debate. There is debate about the economy, how the war on terror should be fought, social issues of varied types, and now the 2020 presidential race is gearing up. And the list goes on and on. On the one hand I for one am tired of hearing it. I grow especially weary when the idea is ludicrous in my view. Yet upon further thought, someone may think the same thing about my opinion but I am free to have my view and express my view.
It is not so everywhere and that is so easy to forget. We forget that in many nations the populace is trapped in the middle of civil war. We forget that many nations are under the dictatorship of an individual or family and that speaking in opposition can mean death or torture. We forget that in many nations freedom is not even a dream because it has never been experienced.
With the celebration of Independence Day we are offered an opportunity to celebrate our unique position as free people. We are offered the opportunity to remember that not everyone has freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Not all people have the right of protest and dissent. We do, and I hope we never take that freedom for granted.
I am thankful that I was privileged to be born an American citizen. I am thankful that even though there are many things in our great nation that need to be fixed we have the freedom to pursue those goals without fear. Above all, I am thankful to live in a nation where we are free to worship and serve God, as we feel led.
May God bless America, and may we as Americans live in freedom and gratitude to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
John Pike, Pastor