Saturday, July 04, 2009

As We Celebrate 223 Years of Freedom

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, by certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – Declaration of Independence

Bunny and I just finished watching the excellent HBO mini-series on John Adams. His life spanned the very beginning of this nation - the run up to Revolution, the struggle for our freedom from tyranny, the young nation finding its place in this world. I highly recommend you watch the series.

It reminded us both again of the uniqueness of America.

Despite what some might have us believe, America is an exceptional nation. Those lines I quoted from the Declaration of Independence" should establish that fact once and for all. We were born in war, but we were established through faith - faith in the providence of Almighty God. Those brave men and women who made the decision to "pledge our lives, fortunes, and our sacred honor" knew that by doing so they made their lives forfeit should their cause fail.

But they believed in the rightness of their cause specifically because they believed it was a God given one. They had faith in God.

“Were my soul trembling on the wing of eternity, were this hand freezing to death, were my voice choking with the last struggle, I would still, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember the truth: God has given America to be free.”
– Patrick Henry

So as we go out this weekend, flying our beautiful flag, enjoying fireworks and backyard BBQ, we should celebrate everything that God has given us then, and gather to give praise and honor to, as Thomas Jefferson wrote "the Author of Liberty."

May God continue to bless America.

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