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Thoughts on American Independence

Comments Off on Thoughts on American Independence Written on July 4th, 2009 by
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4885_102228505903_95576500903_2437480_982385_nA colleague of mine has been posting some great content about America's founding fathers on his Facebook account. He is Gary Cantwell, vice president of communications and marketing at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.

I told him I would steal his good idea and blog it here (In response, Cantwell said, "Thanks! I'm happy to be in the company of Dr. Lockwood, if only by quoting someone else.")

Evidences of Freedom

 From the Declaration of Independence

Source: US Declaration of Independence

"... all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"

"And for the Support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honour."

untitledJohn Adams re: the Formation of Independence Day in 1776

Source: The Massachusetts Historical Society

"It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty."

From the Congressional Record

Source: C-Span Transcripts

"To the distinguished character of a Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian.'' - US Congressman Robin Hayes on June 17, 2008

This Blog is Not Political

On such a day as this, the "4th of July", I should think that it is truly humbling to read through the entire context of the linked materials above and be reminded of what an impossibility it was to form the United States of America.

Even more than this, however, is the overwhelming sense of gratitude I have for the fact that God has afforded me things that I did not earn. A dry place to sleep, plenty of food, children who grow healthy, access to health care and many other things that people around the world do not have a chance at.

Independence Day = Devotion to God

Not least among these is the ability to openly worship Jesus! Praise him and do it often. Help missionaries who assist others around the world who have to worship in secret. Remember the students who train to know how to do this work.

Solemnly remember your brothers and sisters around the world on this day. This, a day of prayer and thanksgiving.