As we sit back this Memorial day and enjoy our hamburgers, hotdogs, and cold beer, I thought it fitting to bring to mind the thoughts of one of our founders, Patrick Henry.
He once said, “Are we deposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, for whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
Patrick Henry in his own words declared he was willing; no matter the cost, to do right in the sight of man and God. His most notable quote, “Give me liberty or give me death,” gave inspiration to a fledgling nation struggling to find freedom from an unjust government.
In his remarks, it is clear he was a religious man. He knew the meaning of the words he chose; he also knew most folks were willingly ignorant of truth. Whether by mans hand or the mighty hand of God, men then and now, are blinded by freedoms spiritual and physical forms, resulting in a few seeking remedy from God.
Patrick Henry decided to face the truth at great cost; he was willing to endure the worst. With everything said, he still died on a 1000-acre tobacco plantation in Virginia in 1799 owning seventy-eight slaves. One might argue, he never fully had spiritual sight he was seeking, but there is no doubt his need for truth never dwindled.
Do we have the passion for truth that Patrick Henry wrote about and was on constant display in his life. Or, are we willing to accept the easy road, believing whatever man gives as truth and not searching the scriptures daily for nuggets of inspiration. If our earnest desire is to serve God, the truth shouldn’t cause trepidation in our lives; it should be looked at as words that give us real liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Enjoy your Memorial day, and think of all it cost for this day to be recognized. Think of the men and women who sacrificed everything so the rest of us could be safe in our homes. Enjoying a life, where we can picnic on this day with, hamburgers, hotdogs, and a cold beer. One more thing, above all other things you do this weekend, remember God.