Today is the fourth of July, and in America the day is celebrated as Independence Day, the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776.
Most Americans will celebrate today with fireworks and barbeques with friends and family, probably never giving a thought to that hot day back in Philadelphia. It is interesting to note that the men who adopted and signed the Declaration believed that they were doing something entirely new, and for the most part they were right. Throwing off the yoke of kings was not a typical thing for people to do in the 18th century, and considering that most of them were men of position and property, they were risking an awful lot for a principle. That principle was Freedom from oppression.
They firmly believed that God was on their side, and if you go back and read the things they wrote at the time, you would see that many of them were of the opinion that the establishment of a whole new kind of nation would hasten the day of Jesus’ return, for you see, the founding of America was the culmination of the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening, an interesting combination of Reason and Revival.
I hope that all of us in America will take a moment or two to think about what this day is for as we gather around the grill today, and ponder where we have gone right as a people and where we have gone wrong. Maybe we can find ways to bring our Nation back in line with the original thoughts on things like Freedom and our relationship with God. I also hope that you dear readers who are citizens of other nations will pray for us here in America today.
My prayer is that God would lead all Peoples to the Liberty and Freedom of life in Jesus Christ, that He would guide our Nation’s leaders back to that Freedom, and that He would bless our Nation, and the Nations of all of you who read this post today!