The Brotherhood – Part 101

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

It’s July 4th, and that means I’m sitting on my parents’ deck, looking out onto a beautiful lake and anticipating the explosive displays we will see tonight from this very spot. Dozens of resorts and entertainment venues will display their patriotism with “rockets red glare” and we’ll see it all from right here.

But while it’s still morning, I’m thinking about our country. No, I’m not making a list of things I wish we were doing or items my views insist we must stop. I’m not reflecting on our leaders, deciding which I like and which I oppose. I’m not engaging emotional conversations about congressional actions or judicial rulings. Instead, I’m thinking about our country and I’m thinking about me.

Am I a fan, a critic, or am I faithful.

I’ve met many fans, and they’ve got good reasons for their celebrations today. Many of my friends know what it’s like to live without freedom, and now they’ve joined us here and can’t really find words to help us understand how blessed we are. I know enough of our freedoms to cheer as well. While I enjoy travel and seeing the sights across the globe, I’m quite glad my mailbox is hammered into American soil, so yes, I’m a fan of this nation and all the opportunities it offers.

I’ve met a few critics too. They are quick to unload their barrels of frustration with the direction they see our nation taking. They speak with insight concerning laws or rulings, and sound the alarm that accompanies their concern. In many cases, their cautions are on target, though occasionally their politics may wield a few unnecessary or slightly skewed attitudes. On balance, however, there are reasons for legitimate concern in every administration, and I share those concerns.

But while I know the ends of fan and critic, my choice is to be faithful. I applaud those who risk their lives for our freedom and ask, “How can I be less committed?” I’m not asked to leave my family and travel to desert temperatures for my country, but I do need to lead my family to honor the nation of those who do.

Being faithful to country means to stand up for her and the things she stands for. To honor those who serve her purpose and to pray for those who lead her into the future. I must cheer her small victories and keep watch in her important moments.  must care for her priorities and do my part to aid her efforts whenever the opportunities arise. I don’t just live in America–I am an American.

I must temper my criticism so no one thinks I would be unfaithful to our great nation. And today, I must let others see that I’m a fan–a loyal and faithful part of the community that celebrates the greatest nation in the world.

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