Summary: Wise King Solomon composed many short, wise sayings called “proverbs” to help the reader know how to best get along in life. He shares one of these proverbs in Proverbs 22:28 that I think is appropriate that we look at on this “Happy Birthday America!” ce
Opening Statement: I am deeply grateful to be a citizen of the United States. I consider my United States Citizenship to be one of my most prized possessions. It is a privilege to be an American. I love the 4th of July. The corn is usually “knee-high.” The watermelons are juicy. The flags are waving. The fireworks light up the sky. Children ride their bikes. Families picnic together. Churches gather for worship and sing patriotic hymns. Apple pies bake in ovens. The crack of the bat in ballparks can be heard. Andy Griffith reruns entertain us. I love these American traditions. We can keep them if we maintain the ancient landmarks that our forefathers have established.
Illustration: A father was talking with his rather obstinate son one day and said, "Every person who lives in the United States is a privileged person." The boy answered, "I disagree." And the father replied, "That’s the privilege." We have the privilege to disagree. We have the privilege to speak our mind. We have freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, and the right of petition. We have the freedom to hope and dream and pursue our dreams. We are free in so many ways! We have these rights because of what our forefathers have done.
Transition: I want to speak to you today on the theme…
Title: Happy Birthday America – Remember the Landmarks!
Background / Text: Wise King Solomon composed many short, wise sayings called “proverbs” to help the reader know how to best get along in life. He shares one of these proverbs in Proverbs 22:28 that I think is appropriate that we look at on this “Happy Birthday America!” celebration day.
Recitation: Proverbs 22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone which was put in place by your ancestors (Net Bible). Proverbs 22:28 Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set (NASV).
Exposition: In ancient times, boundary stones or landmarks marked a person’s property. Anyone who moved such a stone was, in effect, stealing land. Boundaries in Israel were sacred because God owned the land and he apportioned the property to the tribes in the Book of Joshua. To extend one’s property illegally was a violation of covenant and oath. Or, to pull back a boundary previously held was to renege on commitment to God’s promise. The boundaries that were established by their forefathers were to be preserved.
Observation: Unfortunately, moving a boundary stone was, and still is, a major problem. It’s not so much in the realm of property that we’re dealing with the moving of the landmarks. Some of the founding principles, the landmarks, the ancient boundaries, on which America was founded need to be maintained in this relativistic, post-modern age when everything seems up for grabs and everyone interprets things the way they personally see them.
Key Word: What are some of these LANDMARKS that we must maintain in America?
Liberty and Sacrifice
Explanation: Someone has said, “The temptation is to enjoy the fruits of citizenship without tending the tree of liberty.” This quotation drives at the fact that many of us haven’t earned the freedoms we enjoy. We didn’t go to foreign lands and fight for them. We have not shed our blood, sweat, and tears for them.