Things To Be Thankful For #3 – Religious FreedomCrazy Driver, · Categories: Uncategorized
Pretend Road Trip Update: My very slow road trip continues. Today I have reached La Jolla. La Jolla is 12 miles north of San Diego. Its about 7 miles long and some of it has some really nice views of the ocean as well as San Diego. La Jolla is where UCSD (University of California San Diego) is located. It is also famous for the cross you see in the photo here. This is the Mt. Soledad Veterans War Memorial. It is one of the highest points of San Diego. According to Wikipedia, it is technically part of San Diego. It has a separate zip code however, and so the addresses are allowed to say “La Jolla”. It is cloudy right now. It has been raining all day here in Southern California (that is not pretend). We were hit by a pretty decent sized storm today that is currently blowing out.
Well, today I was going to talk about how thankful I am for the rain, but since my pretend road trip has taken me to La Jolla and since the photo I’m posting is an actual photo I took in La Jolla and since there is not a cloud to be seen in the photo, it didn’t seem appropriate to talk about rain today. So, I will save the rain for another day. El Niño will surely provide me other opportunities to combine a rain post with an actual rainy day.
Since my photo is of a cross, I thought it would be fitting to make this week’s “thankful for” post to be about religious freedom. This morning I attended church. I attend church every Sunday. It’s something I’ve done my whole life. Not a big deal. However, it is a very big deal in other parts of the world. In certain countries, you could be put to death for doing something like that. Tonight I will be meeting in a restaurant with my discipleship group to discuss…well, religious stuff. If I wasn’t leading that group tonight, I would have the option of attending a church potluck. That is something that I doubt I would be able to do in countries like Iran.
In some countries, you have to practice your religion underground – by meeting secretly in houses and making sure you do not let it be known what your true faith is for fear of government persecution and/or death. Here in the United States, we have no such concerns and are able to practice our faith publicly. How sad and how difficult it would be for something that is an important part of who you are – your faith – to have to be hidden.
Now, do I feel thankful? I have to confess that even though I’m writing about this, I still don’t feel the emotion of graditude for it. I think that is because I have no idea of what it would really be like to not have that freedom. I am however, deeply appreciative of freedom in general. I do have a very strong emotional response to that. And that includes religious freedom. So I guess that I am just thankful for freedom, period.
The United States is still the freest country on earth and I am overwhelmingly thankful for that.