Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day - July 4, 2010

Luke 4:17-19 (New International Version)
17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version)
17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

In his anticipation of what he was about to be a part of, John Adams,2nd U.S. President and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote the following:

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever."
--Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776.

Not that the Scripture verses above apply directly to Independence Day, but wherever there is freedom, there are the "fingerprints" of God. God has instilled in every heart the desire to be free; freedom of self-expression, freedom to assemble, freedom to worship, freedom to govern ourselves. God laid out the first framework for governing ourselves in the Ten Commandments(Deuteronomy, Chapter 5), and it later served as a basis by which we established our own declarations and laws in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

As you celebrate this 4th of July, take the time with your family to read these God inspired documents. Teach your children and grandchildren about what we have as a Nation, and the importance of defending our rights and freedoms. Participate in your own governance, and make it clear to all elected officials your desires to uphold our founding principles. Reaffirm your commitment to preserve this Nation and to fight for her with ballot and pen. And most importantly, pray for this Nation that God would continue to bless this land.

"When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgements for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good."--James Monroe,5th U.S. President, made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818

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