Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Independence Now, Independence Forever!

"[This day] will be the most memorable epic 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…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 more."

--John Adams to Abigail Adams on July 4, 1776

With fireworks tents popping up all over your local county, it is clear Americans understand the pomp of July 4. After 231 years, we still revel in the celebration of our independence. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we imported $206.3 million in fireworks from China last year. John Adams didn’t say anything about hotdogs and potato salad, and most church belfries are rusted over or non-existent, but we’re following the advice of America’s great patriot with one glaring exception.

What was it he said? “…solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty”? We can’t even make sure the United States Senate is devoted to giving Him thanks (can you say “Ommmmmmmmm”?).

But Adams is right. July 4 marks a national holy day that is a commemoration of our Day of Deliverance. Victory over Great Britain was a gift from God. American Christians need not take our cues from our secular culture. Long before we ever ice down the watermelon or heat up the grill, let us bow our knees and thank Providence for His munificent dealings and kind disposition towards the United States of America. We have never been more undeserving of His continued blessings than we are now. May our voices not be silent on July 4. Let us praise God, the Author of Liberty.


David Krueger said...

I listened to Shawn Hannity on Tuesday doing one his 'man in the street' interviews. Questions included, "When did gain our independence?", "From whom did we gain our independence?", "Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?", etc. Very few knew the answers. I was shocked.
For the vast majority of Americans, July 4 has merely become a day off from work, and an excuse to hit 'party cove' at Lake of the Ozarks or a reason to get together with family and friends for bar-b-que and fireworks.
On Sunday, July 1 we reverently acknowledged God's providence and goodness to our nation, and I preached on the biblical admonition of being responsible Christian citizens.

Scott said...


Our founding fathers all knew full well what it was we were celebrating. As the Declaration of Independence was being signed, Samuel Adams declared: “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

Regardless of the PC Police re-write of history, these men knew the spiritual impact of what was happening. May we regain their spirit.