Happy Independence Day!
Jul 03, 2021
A few reflections you might share with your children on what makes America so beautiful and praiseworthy...
The U.S.A. is the only country, ever, (including ancient and modern day Israel), to be founded on an idea and not an ethnicity.
Our founders boldly declared this idea in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident. That 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."
It is clear that they believed that the God of the Bible was involved in the birth of our nation. In the Declaration of Independence they used words like "Creator", "Supreme Judge of the World", "Nature's God", and "Divine Providence".
We can also see the same theme in countless writings of historians.
- In his private journal, George Washington gave credit to the "finger of Providence" when it came to both the formation and successful ratification of the Constitution in 1787.
- "In observing the United States, there is much to convince us, that an Almighty, Overruling Providence designed from the first to place here a great united people." - Emma Willard, historian and leading educator of women.
- "Our cause...is nothing less than to maintain the liberty with which Heav'n itself hath made us free." - John Dickinson, one of the 39 signers of the Constitution.
- "The sacred cause of liberty [is] the cause of God." - Rev. Charles Clay, Thomas Jefferson's pastor
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage.
Pray with me: Heavenly Father, thank you for providentially writing the story of the United States of America, and we bless the names of those who sacrificed so much to found it.
We believe this country still has a great future to fulfill. Restore us to one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Happy 4th! I'd love to hear how you plan to celebrate!