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Independence Day: Our Christian Heritage

This week's focus: Liberty and Freedom

Firework booths encourage everyone to celebrate the Fourth of July with sparklers, firecrackers, and more. This tradition, as well as parades, outdoor barbecues, and gathering with friends and family, are some ways Americans celebrate this special day. There is nothing wrong with this as long we understand why we celebrate. David Barton sheds further light on the importance of Independence Day and why it is a part of our Christian Heritage.

The Birth of a Nation

America has been blessed as the longest ongoing Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. These blessings are not accidental; they are blessings of God. Preserving American liberty depends first upon our understanding of the foundations on which this great country was built, and then it depends on preserving the principles on which it was founded.

On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve a complete separation from England. Two days later, the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed. Four days later, members of Congress took the document and read it out loud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the city of Philadelphia, and afterward, they rang the Liberty Bell. The inscription on the top of the bell is Leviticus 25:10, which reads, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”

John Adams said, “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.” Probably the clearest identification of the spirit of the American Revolution was given by John in a letter to Abigail the day after Congress approved the Declaration. He wrote her two letters that day: One was short and jubilant that the Declaration had been approved; the other letter was much longer and gave serious consideration to what had been done that day. Adams could already foresee that their actions would be celebrated by future generations.

A Different Holiday

Adams also noted: “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.” He felt the celebration should be in a manner that would commemorate the day as a “day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” John Adams believed that the Fourth of July should be a religious holiday. The two top holidays celebrated in this country are Christmas and the Fourth of July. According to John Quincy Adams, the two dates are connected. On the Fourth of July, the Founding Fathers simply took the precepts of Christ and His birth (Christmas) and incorporated those principles into civil government.

The Declaration of Independence was the birth certificate for this nation, but the men who signed it knew it could be their death warrant. The closing paragraph states, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance of the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” The 56 Founding Fathers, 27 of whom were trained as ministers, took their pledge seriously. On the morning of the signing, there was silence and gloom as each man was called up to the table of the President of Congress to sign the document, knowing that it could mean their death by hanging.

Most wars have a motto. The motto of World War II was “Remember Pearl Harbor.” The motto during the Texas war for independence was “Remember the Alamo.” The spiritual emphasis, directed towards King George III who violated God’s laws, gave rise to a motto during the American Revolution: “No King but King Jesus.” The Founding Fathers passed the torch to us. It is our responsibility not to let it go out.

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage.

Leviticus 25:10

“Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”

Prayer Points:

Pray: Dear Lord, We are so blessed to live in the United States of America. In gratitude, we recognize all the sacrifices others have made to build and defend this country. We also remember the sacrifice our Savior, Jesus Christ, made to set us free from sin and death. Please help us to never take our freedoms for granted.

Think: “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” -Thomas Jefferson

Act: Last week in Washington DC, we talked with Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ about his new filmed called The Sound of Freedom releasing July 4. Jim is asking for your help to achieve his goal of bringing the eye-opening film to 2 million people—one for each of the 2 million trafficked children talked about in the movie. Watch our brief video conversation

We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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