CONVERSATING ABOUT WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND!
By Gabriel Pittman
This past Independence Day from a secluded hilltop in Northeastern Pennsylvania I sat at the window of my austere abode and meditatively stared at the bright flashes exploding above the rolling ranges of the alluring Alleghenies. I first moved to this area six years ago, this year’s celebratory revelry commemorating the two-hundred and thirty-sixth anniversary of the Birth Of A Nation paled in comparison. Without a doubt this deficiency was due to the troubling economical times the nation faces. As state and city budgets are being continuously slashed it only makes sense that all nonessential expenditures are sacrificed first. Considering the fact that the philosophies of many politicians are adverse to more governmental spending to support even essential jobs for teachers, police – and in the context of this writing, firefighters – it can easily be rationalized that this particular sacrifice makes all the more sense, lest a disastrous and deadly situation such as Colorado’s wildfires were to accidentally occur due to the traditional celebration. But the focus of this commentary is not intended to be on the spirit of American politics. I desire to share my unique observation of the spirit of America in and of itself. One nation under God.
Scantiness of the pyrotechnics aside, the strength of spirited patriotism was on full display. Brilliant bursts of fireworks in bold hues of red, white, blue, green, yellow and purple emblazoned the black moonlit sky and simultaneously illuminated my true vision. In the plethora of colors I observed the myriad races, cultures, and religions that make America, America. One nation under God.
One nation under God. As the fireworks’ rainbow-like glare explored in the air I contemplated this most sacred concept being the foundation upon which this nation was established. My conscience, elevated by the hypnotic visual displays, pondered recent examples of how America faithfully strives to fully manifest this principle of oneness under God. Despite the many divisive injustices and inequalities that constantly inhibit this nation’s growth to become that “more perfect union”, hope for attainment of perfection was recently given through an unexpected source – the United States Supreme Court. Proof that God (whichever God you choose to exercise your First Amendment right to freedom of religion to adhere to) truly does work in mysterious ways.
The scriptures, as interpreted by King James, teach us about the all-inclusive, all-encompassing nature of Jesus’ love and of Heaven. All people of all nationalities are welcomed. Jesus saves Jews and Gentiles, Americans and Mexicans. In parable form, the Court struck down most of Arizona’s anti-immigration bill (SB-1070), letting one provision stand until it’s proven that enforcement of this provision is also unconstitutional. The scriptures, as interpreted by King James, teach us that as we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we also do for Jesus. “I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me,” Matthew 25:36. Jesus’ healing was for all who chose to partake of it. In the most anticipated and heralded decision by the Court, Obamacare was upheld as constitutional. In the least heralded decision the Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to imprison children for life without parole. This ruling gives hope to over two thousand juvenile lifers across America and relinquish America of the embarrassing distinction of being one of the few nations that encage children in such a manner. One nation under God.
As the sporadic illumination of pyrotechnics culminated in a dazzling crescendo I saw America for what America could one day be – One nation under God. I smiled as I recalled the words of the “other” King James that will inspire us for time immemorial, “It’s about damn time . . . It’s about damn time.”
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