Wishing all a safe and happy 4th of July, 2018. While today, we in the USA are celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the holiday didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1941.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and on July 4th, delegates from the 13 colonies agreed to adopt the declaration and become a free nation. However, when hostilities erupted in April of 1775, and the American Revolution got underway, few colonists were in favor of complete independence, instead hoping for less taxation and representatives in the English Parliament. It would seem from the records available, that compromise was not feasible.
Some (probably) lesser-known facts about this auspicious date:
- Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4th, two on the same day: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson (1826), and James Monroe (1831)
- Denmark has celebrated this holiday as well, since 1912
- The nation has seen a 12,636 percent increase in population since 1776 (Washington Post, 2014)
A few thoughts from the founding fathers. They may be good thoughts for us to ponder, too:
- “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams
- “Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” James Madison
- “I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” Benjamin Franklin
I begin and end each day thanking the Lord for many things, including that I live in a nation where it probably will not cost me my life to worship in my local church with other Christians, though, in recent years, it has cost many their lives for doing just that, right here in the United States. The same situation now haunts our workplaces and our schools. It is not our government raining down this genocide as is the case in so many other nations, it is our fellow countrymen (non-gender specific use).
John Adams was absolutely correct in his assessment: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
For our nation, I pray for peace, God’s protection, and His many blessings. Feel free to join me if you’d like! Happy 4th of July.
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