July 4th Tulsa Beacon reminded us of our Christian heritage in America

We grumble about many things, it’s too hot or too cold, or the homilies are too short, we are either praying for rain or hoping it will stop and the sun will shine. Sometimes we are just not satisfied with our lives.

We have to put our total trust in the Father, as Jesus did in feeding the people, he will provide us with what we need, but we have to work for what we think we need.

“Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”

St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians is reminding us that we are to live our lives as Christians in Christ, forget the bad habits we have become comfortable with let go of our corrupted ways and thoughts., renew our minds and be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our daily life, guiding us in truth and leading us to holiness.

Quoting Archbishop Coakley, “We have to live and express our moral duties as Catholic citizens.

“The clergy and laity have important complementary roles in public life. As Bishops, priests and deacons it is our duty to hand on the Church’s moral and social teaching.

“It is neither our role nor our intention to tell Catholics how to vote regarding a particular candidate or office.”

A Tulsa Family newspaper (Tulsa Beacon) printed a special edition for July 4th, Independence Day, and it brought to mind several important issues we need to remember and share as Christians.

  1. Inside the issue it listed all of the United States presidents from Washington to Obama. Our American Heritage – which some schools are failing to teach today.
  2. The Bill of Rights.
  3. God in our state constitutions
  4. Quotes from the Founding Fathers
  5. The United States Constitution
  6. The Declaration of Independence

Here are a few examples of “God in our States Constitutions” Oklahoma’s Preamble in 1907,  “invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty… establish this constitution.”

The two oldest dates, of course, were in 1776 when Maryland and Delaware both gave thanks to the Creator, God Almighty, for their civil and religious liberty in establishing their Constitution.

I could go on and on listing every state giving thanks to God for civil, political and religious liberties, all united, grateful to God, thankful for His blessing in establishing their state constitution.

The Declaration of Independence states, “We, the people, hold these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (who is God)” – but now any thoughts of God are removed or being removed from our schools, state and federal buildings. Next they will be trying to tell us that having God in our lives isn’t good for us. What has happened with our certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Our happiness is our beliefs and our love of God, which enhances our faith.

In our Constitution, it states that: “Governments’ are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

With the Supreme Court Justices rulings recently, it’s so important that we as Christians live our faith and not let our religious freedom in believing in God’s laws be jeopardized by being dictated to us by a court system which is opposite the beliefs of our forefathers and all of the states who acknowledged God our Creator in their preamble to their States Constitutions.

We have a system which seems to think we want to live our lives outside or against God’s commandments and the Church’s teachings.

Our American Heritage without God is lost. The Gospels, through Christ and divine revelation, reveals the good news.

Our forefathers knew that humanity would not and could not survive without the Creator involved in our lives.

South Dakota in 1889, in their Preamble stated. “We, the people of South Dakota, are grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties.”

Even the liberal State of California in their Preamble stated, “We the People of the State of California are grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.”

Slowly these religious and civil liberties are being taken away.

It is important for us today to make people aware of God’s natural Law.

Why? Because! “What can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to all.” (Romans 19: 20-21)

Ever since the creation of this world, God’s invisible attributes of external power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made.

The mysteries of creation, without faith in God our Creator, we may never learn to understand or enjoy the true beauty of his creation.

The world was created for the benefit of all humanity.  By sharing in its beauty we give glory to God.

He created man and woman in his image to be fruitful and multiply.

Supreme Court decisions cannot alter or change our beliefs in what we know is morally right and just.

In our Declaration of Independence it states: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,  that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.”

It is our right and duty to say no, you are not going to abolish our beliefs which God has imbedded in the hearts of man since creation.

Many men and women have died for our freedom. I want to share a quote from one of President Ronald Reagan speeches.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our grandchildren what it was like in the United States when people were free.”

God has given us the bread of life, Jesus, whoever comes to him will never hunger, and whoever believes in Him will never thirst.

Our forefathers knew this and they had faith and trust in God the Creator, the Almighty who sent his only Son Jesus Christ for our redemption, the one who gives life to the world.

He is waiting for us with open arms, come!

Have faith, pray and give thanks to God for all that we have, pray for all of those who have sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy civil and religious freedom.

As Catholics, we should be guided by our moral convictions rooted both in our faith and human reason.

God and the truth will never change! The rest is up to us!