What does it mean to be a good citizen?
While there are more things than I will mention, at a minimum a good citizen will: obey the laws of the land, work for the good of the nation, honor the spirit (values) of our national identity, stay informed on important issues that matter for the well-being of the nation, and from time to time, remember the history/story of our nation.
If it has been some time since you read the Declaration of Independence, take 10 minutes and read it on this 4th of July.
John Adams, our second president, said:
The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts.
I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
Whatever you enjoy doing today, you do so because our founding parents labored, struggled, fought, and suffered so we would have the ability to enjoy life as we do.
Don’t take that for granted.
This finished up a series of posts on our presidents.
In the weeks to come, we’ll get back to our regular themes of life, faith, spirituality, and more.
Happy 4th of July,