Here is Part II of our Independence Day Inspirations. You can read Part I here.
On Friday, July 4th, we will all celebrate America’s Independence Day. In honor of that, I wanted to share with you some inspirations from our past. I believe that it is vitally important that we remember the principles that our great nation were founded upon and the sacrifices that were made to so we could have the freedoms we enjoy today. With all the political turmoil that is constantly bombarding us, please take a few minutes out of your weekend to refresh your memory of the work that was laid out by our Founding Fathers.
One of the most important documents in American History is the Declaration of Independence. It is because of this document, and the sacrifices of those who fought against Great Britain, that we have the freedoms we have today… Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom to choose our countries leaders, just to name a couple. This document, along with our Constitution, guarantees our freedom to choose for ourselves how we want to live our lives. If you haven’t read the Declaration of Independence lately, I strongly encourage you to read it this weekend as we celebrate our independence and if you have kids or grandkids please share it with them. The generation to come needs to know and understand the importance of this celebration outside of BBQs and Fireworks.
It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.— John Adams in a letter to Abigail Adams, 1776
Our forefathers threw off the yoke of popery in religion: for you is reserved the honor of levelling the popery of politics. They opened the Bible to all, and maintained the capacity of every man to judge for himself in religion. Are we sufficient for the comprehension of the sublimest spiritual truths, and unequal to material and temporal ones? Heaven hath trusted us with the management of things for eternity, and man denies us ability to judge of the present, or to know from our feelings the experience that will make us happy. “You can discern,” say they, “objects distant and remote, but cannot perceive those within your grasp. Let us have the distribution of present goods, and cut out and manage as you please the interests of futurity.” This day, I trust the reign of political protestantism will commence. We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone. We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought, and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.
Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken. Whatever perils appear, whatever dangers threaten, the Nation remains secure in the knowledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide an adequate defense and protection.
Here are a couple of videos I found about the history of our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Phil and I actually visited Fort McHenry when we lived in Maryland and I can tell that it will give you goosebumps and renew your pride in America and our Flag.
Please take the time to watch and share these two videos, they are each about 10 minutes, as it is so important that we know — and share — our history.
Please take a moment to stop and pray today…
to give thanks for what our Founding Fathers created,
what our Veterans continue to support with their lives,
and to give thanks to God for continuing to watch over us.
We can’t ask God to Bless America,
If we are no longer Praising God!