July 4, 2019


Happy Independence Day!


The United States turns two hundred forty-three years old today.  Above the names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are these words “For the support of this Declaration, with firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”  By signing the Declaration of Independence , they instantly became traitors to the British Crown — their government.  In the war that followed, some were caught and tortured, some fought and died, some lost sons, some lost entire families, houses, barns, businesses and some died bankrupt.  What are we willing to do?

I hope you’ll take time to read through this short document today.  The Declaration of Independence gives a list of more than two dozen facts to outline the reasons the colonies are seeking to separate from the British Crown.  Most of us were taught in school that we went to war with the British because of taxation without representation.  While that is one of the reasons listed in the call for independence, you may be surprised how far down the list it is!

Action Steps

In the midst of the family picnics and fireworks displays, don’t forget the real reason July 4th is special to this nation.  And let’s always remember freedom isn’t free!

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