July 4th marks independence day in America. This country has had the honor of being the world’s longest-running constitutional republic for nearly 235 years. These blessings are not by chance; they are God’s favors. This is clear when we compare the chaos in other countries to the stability in the United States.
Independence Day: Our Heritage As Christians
Preserving American liberty requires first a grasp of the foundations upon which this great country was established, followed by a commitment to the ideas upon which it was created.
Congress decided on July 2, 1776, to approve a complete break from England. The early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed two days later. Members of Congress took the document and read it out from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the citizens of Philadelphia, and then ringing the Liberty Bell four days later. “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the people thereof,” reads the inscription on the top of the bell, which is taken from Leviticus 25:10.
“The main grounds on which the Fathers attained independence were the general principles of Christianity,” John Adams declared. The spirit of the American Revolution was probably best captured by John in a letter to Abigail written the day after Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence.
That day, he wrote her two letters: one was short and congratulatory that the Declaration had been approved, and the other was much lengthier and thoughtful about what had happened that day. Adams could see how their acts would be remembered for years to come.
A Distinctive Holiday
Adams also mentioned the following: “This day will go down in American history as the most unforgettable epic. I’m inclined to believe that it will be remembered as the great anniversary festival by future generations.” He believed that the commemoration should honor the day as a “day of liberation through solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” The Fourth of July, according to John Adams, should be a religious holiday. Christmas and the Fourth of July are the two most popular holidays in the United States. The two dates are linked, according to John Quincy Adams.
The Founding Fathers simply took the teachings of Christ and His birth (Christmas) and implemented them into civil government on July 4th.
The Declaration of Independence day was the nation’s birth certificate, but the men who signed it were well aware that it could also be their death warrant. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a solid confidence on Divine Providence’s protection, we mutually commit to each other our lives, our riches, and our sacred honor,” the final paragraph reads.
The vow was taken seriously by the 56 Founding Fathers, 27 of whom were trained as pastors. The morning of the signing, there was quiet and darkness as each individual was summoned to the President of Congress’s table to sign the instrument, knowing that it could result in their hanging.
The majority of wars have a motto. “Remember Pearl Harbor,” was World War II’s rallying cry. “Remember the Alamo” was the Texas independence war’s rallying cry. During the American Revolution, the spiritual emphasis, directed against King George III, who disobeyed God’s precepts, gave rise to a motto: “No King but King Jesus.” The torch was entrusted to us by the Founding Fathers. It is our obligation to ensure that it does not go out.
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