8/28/10… It will go down as day in history as an absolutely grand, inspirational and emotionally moving moment for Patriot’s all over the country. As far as the camera could pan, you could only see dots of heads, hats, flags and pure passion and love for God and country. Red, white and blue were colors worn proudly and many people had it on from head to toe. These colors stood out vividly against the glorious backdrops of our country’s most important monuments and memorials, leaving one with a staggering moment of pride and a deep abiding sense of respect for our history and those men and women who gave it all to make America that shining city upon a hill.
Represented in the crowds and among the speakers was an incredible array of diversity…men and women of every color and culture, putting aside petty political differences and joining hands to stand and call for the restoring of the honor and integrity that has dissolved in this nation over the many decades. And this was all being celebrated by a crowd that many are reporting was over 500,000 passionate patriots!
I sat in front of my computer with my 10 year old son beside me and my 5 year old daughter in my lap as we watched patriotism in action being streamed live through Glenn Beck‘s facebook site. I watched my kids as they both huddled around my laptop and watched the rally and at that moment realized, more than ever before, the heady responsibility we have as parents to be the living leadership of patriotism, honor and faith for them to see. As Ronald Reagan said, “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 children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
I want my children to see me inspired and moved by love and loyalty for my country, to be unabashed and unashamed to stand for truth and to expect others who represent my country to speak truth as well. This rally was a bipartisan moment, in many ways, not being used, as many thought it would be, to bash people by name, to debate political policy or to be used for political gain. Instead, it was a brief period where Republicans, Independents, and yes, even many Democrats pulled a rare timeout from those moments and joined together to call for the restoring of morality, faith, honor and integrity to be reinserted and reinstated as part of the fabric of this country and to turn our hearts back towards God.
Unfortunately, the way that radical liberals responded all over the country were as if the very demons from hell had been unleashed on the face of the earth, left to roam wild on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. CNN and other mainstream media venues had done their best to slam this event as an anti-MLK rally, which I imagine was incredibly difficult as Martin Luther King’s own niece was there, and many of the videos featured were put together to honor his legacy. I know for a fact that many of the black men and women on stage were reviled for “breaking ranks” with their fellow Democrats who chose not to participate in the event, instead attending Al Sharpton’s divisive rally where only a few thousand attended. But, the bipartisanship was at the Restoring Honor event, despite what was reported on mainstream media, and in fact Beck told the audience, without mentioning names that there were people on stage who were Democrats, who had organized for Obama, who led a prayer breakfast with Obama but decided to stand on the stage for Honor. That takes a certain amount of guts in this political day and age and for that I will applaud anyone.
I loved that my children saw preachers, famous athletes, soldiers, and every day normal (but not “average”) people honored and rewarded for their lives of faithfulness to their God and their country. People who used the talents that God gave them not to accumulate adulation and personal rewards, but who pointed to God as the maker of that talent and gave Him the glory and the honor for all of it. They saw selflessness in those whose talents and gifts made them rich, turn around with the goal of giving back as much of it as possible before their deaths. This rally was not about politics, this rally was purely about love of God and love of country, exceeding thankfulness for the goodness, graciousness and mercy that God has bestowed on us, a nation most often undeserving of it. It was a rare moment, where hundreds of thousands of people all over the United States gathered to implore the rest of the nation to turn their faces and their hearts back towards the principles that made us so great.
The message was clear… This country is the ultimate experiment for the world. Can man rule himself? Or does he need a dictatorial body to care for his every need and mandate each moment of his existence? Will the American experiment succeed or will it fail with this generation?
Let FREEDOM ring!