From the pastor’s pen



America is on the cusp of celebrating Independence Day.  This celebration is held because hundreds of years ago, immigrants left their native lands in search of a place where they could enjoy freedoms they desired.  After the war ended, and at their first celebration, they declared themselves living in a land of the free and the home of the brave.  Everyone was welcomed–from sea to shining sea.  America was the “melting pot” where everyone was welcome to search for their piece of America’s pie.

Fast forward to Independence Day 2018.  America has been placed in a situation that portrays Independence Day as a joke.  The bigotry, the in-your-face-racism, the chaotic government, and worst of all, the problems with immigration totally ignore what America stands for–the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Pledge of Allegiance ends with liberty and justice for all.  The immigration debacle has totally displaced this phrase.  The detaining of immigrants and the removal of their children from them reminds me of a time when slavery prevailed.  The quote from the Statue of Liberty means nothing as these people and their innocent children are caged as animals with no rights at all. Yet, the phrase on the statue says, “…give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me.  I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”  There is no golden door, only a cruel “door” that shuts them out and takes their children. 

However, on July 4, we will still eat heartily and celebrate Independence Day.  God Bless America…God Bless America??!!

Please God, Bless America.


Yours in God’s Service,

Pastor James H. Cantrell

Pastor, Zion Baptist Church