The month of July is full of patriotic themes, and good memories for American families, but beware of social media posts designed to take away your optimism. Many of us are on all forms of social media daily. We have friends on both sides of issues plaguing our country. One of those issues should not be the celebration of our independence as a nation, but it will be.

How will you react when a friend posts a derogatory meme about our nation’s leaders? Here is what I plan to do. The scriptures tell us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

I intend to keep my eyes and mind on the positive aspects of being a citizen of this great country. I will enjoy being with my family and celebrating the holiday with abandon. After the last firework has exploded, I will watch the special, late evening, television programs that honor our nation, and be thankful; thankful that I was born here and not in Iraq or Iran, thankful that I live in a nation where I can still practice my faith openly, and thankful that God still cares about us as a people who need Him.

I will pray for my nation and my leaders so that my own children and grandchildren will continue to live in a nation with freedom of religion. I will pray for my country’s leaders that they might follow God’s will for this great land. I will pray for my Facebook friends and only post positive thoughts about our Nation. Most of all, I will not answer back to those who are unkind. I will not try to set them straight. I will ask God to do that.

Have a wonderful month of patriotic celebrations and remember to thank God that we are still independent and free. And remember one more thing; this is not our real home. We have many brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted in horrific ways we cannot even imagine, but this is not their real home either. I will pray for them too.

Philippians 3:20a says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

We, and our brothers and sisters around the world, have dual citizenship until Christ calls us home. That is something else to celebrate! So show your love of country this month, let God handle any backlash, and remember that our permanent citizenship is in heaven.