Freedom: The American Idol

I have posted this painting before. It is Jon McNaughton's One Nation Under God and gives a powerful message. It is hard not to be struck by the figure of Christ holding the U.S. Constitution standing in the midst of this representation of the American people.
As we celebrate another Independence Day in this country, I am grateful for the freedoms, the true freedoms, for which our founding fathers risked their lives, but I am also dismayed at what our society and even our government has made of those freedoms. The freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; those three very basic freedoms which Thomas Jefferson and the others wrote into the Declaration of Independence have come to mean something quite different today.
The writers and framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution put God at the core of these documents and all for which they stood. In the 200 plus years since then, God has been slowly but surely begun to be cast aside. We seem to be becoming one nation under ourselves rather than under God; we have begun to idolize freedom, and this is a very slippery slope! If we choose to be guided by ourselves and not by God, we will stay on the collision course with our sure demise.
I don't mean to be the voice of doom, but things in our beloved USA are not good, but there is always hope. God knows the meaning of true freedom, and He gives it to us in allowing us to freely choose Him and His ways or not. He also hears the prayers of the faithful in this country and throughout the world, and He sees and delights in the acts of reparation made by those who truly love Him and this country.
It is not too late, we can return to being One Nation Under God. May He continue to bless us and those who selflessly fight for our true freedom.

*You can read more on Jon McNaughton's painting here and listen to Fr. Robert Barron's commentary on the idolatry of freedom at Word On Fire.


Colleen said…
Beautiful picture and post. I found a great quote that I put in our parish bulletin that said something about the Declaration of Independence saying that Life was to be treasured and held sacred. And that many of our forefathers gave their lives for this belief. Many in our country seem to forget where we came from. But as you said, there is hope because God is with us. We need to just listen.
terry said…
Thank you for visiting my blog and for your prayers. I am truly grateful.
Happy Independence Day to you and your family.

May your Nation never stray away from God, as we seem to be doing here in the UK.

Thank you for your comments on my Blog. I have responded giving a true story of how heartless we've become over here!

God bless.
Nice post! Stopping by to wish you a happy Fourth!
Karinann said…
Colleen- I can only imagine what our forefathers would think to see this country today. Many have forgotten where we came from and are too proud to think we could ever go back- as the saying goes: those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

Terry- continued prayers!

Victor I am afraid the US has already strayed- now I just pray we find our way back.

Elizabeth a Happy and blessed fourth to you and your family as well.

Thank you all for your comments here. God Bless!
Michael said…
I join you in prayer Karinann. I pray that we get back to being a nation under God, and one that values life - especially the unborn. God Bless you for this wonderful post.
Karinann said…
Thanks Michael.
Mary333 said…
I remember when you posted this painting, I was so struck by it that I printed it and showed my family. They, too, felt that it spoke volumes. Sadly, I can see the truth in your comment about being one nation under ourselves. What will it take for this country to turn around? I pray that we do see the light for there is no peace, individually or as a nation, without God. Thank you for this excellent post, Karin.
Karinann said…
Thanks Mary. This painting is so powerful I thought it was worth posting again. How sad our Lord must be when He looks down at what we have made of this nation.