LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It was a July 4th weekend church service to remember for a congregation in Longview, as faith and patriotism came together. A service dedicated to one of our constitutional rights; The right to freedom of religion.
With patriotic music and flags everywhere, the congregation at First Baptist Church in Longview celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with a patriotic zeal.
"I thought it was the most fabulous thing I'd ever seen and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying our music" said church member Francis Hall.
Their reason? From the founding fathers, who knew that freedom of religion would be a cornerstone of the country.
"I thought today the service at first Baptist was incredible but the thing I was proud of was it was a good blend of patriotism thanking god for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, but it was also a worship service to give credit to our god who we believe our freedoms originate" said the churches pastor doctor Tim Watson.
To the tune of their service anthems, members of the congregation were recognized for their military service, a service not lost on church members.
"Those who are in the military those who are fighting is that many of them are people of faith it is something worth dying for" says Watson.
It was a recognition that freedom, even of religion , comes with a price.
"I think that's what separates America from some countries" says Watson.