As the Fourth of July approaches, we must never forget that for 235 years, America has been blessed as the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Those blessings are not accidental they are blessings of God.
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 afterwards they rang the Liberty Bell. The inscription on the top of the bell is Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”
The Declaration of Independence was the birth certificate for this nation, and the men who signed it knew it could be their death warrant. The closing paragraph states, “And for the support of this Declaration, with 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 ministers, took their pledge seriously. These men had no intention of removing God from government with a legal fiction entitled: “Separation of Church and State.” The motto of the American Revolution directed towards King George III, was: “No King but King Jesus.” The founding Fathers passed this torch to us, so let’s keep the light burning.
As we celebrate this great Independence passed unto us by our Founding Fathers’ through Divine Providence.
Let us remember these words: “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proved by all history, that those nations only are blest whose God is the Lord.” - Abraham Lincoln. From your friends at New Melle Baptist Church, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36).