The United States of America . . . is a blessed nation. On Saturday we will celebrate our 239th birthday. No small feat.
Our founding fathers were willing to put their lives, if necessary, at stake to make the United States of America a reality. This is what John Adams said, “Whether we live or die, sink or swim, succeed or fail, I stand behind this Declaration of Independence. And if God wills it, I am ready to die in order that this country might experience freedom.”
It was that kind of patriotism which led men like Adams, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and others, armed with nothing more than hunting rifles, to engage in battle with what was, at that time, the most powerful nation on the globe. In the closing words of the Declaration of Independence are these words, “With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
These early leaders knew that if they were going to prevail, God must be on their side. Throughout the writings of these men, again and again they make reference to the Lord. Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians - not by religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Without a doubt, our founding fathers, proved their dependence of the Lord.
The nation of Israel need to be reminded of the solemn warning to not forget the Lord when they left their bondage in Egypt. Read Deuteronomy 8:6-14. The Lord knows that our propensity as a nation was also to forget, therefore a reminder, like these words in Deuteronomy and Proverbs 14:34, and the anniversary of the birth of our nation, provide just that.
I hope to see you tomorrow as we celebrate our independence as a nation and as a people who love God!
You are loved in the Lord.