Sunday, July 4, 2010

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776....

I love July 4, not for the fireworks or the cookouts but for the history. My mind cannot help but wander back to yesteryear, to the men who fought so valiantly for the freedom that I enjoy today. I think about the very moment those men penned their signatures on the Declaration of Independence and it honestly gives me goosebumps. Ok, I'm a nerd; I'll admit it, but indulge me a bit and let me savor the moment.

John Quincy Adams is quoted as saying,

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?" “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity"?

--1837, at the age of 69, when he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Indeed it is a joyous occasion to remember that our independence was granted by our Creator, in order that we might have the privilege of worshiping him freely and to spread His Gospel! May I submit to you that the reason we are losing our freedom in the United States is because as a nation, we have turned away from God and from the purpose for which these freedoms were granted. Let us remember how and why our great nation was founded and turn our hearts back to God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

And just for fun, how about listening to the Declaration of Independence or reading it for yourselves. You may do so HERE.

© Adorning Grace 2010

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