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Why We are Free
July 4, 2008

By david jeffers | July 3, 2008

[COMMENT:  By the grace of God, we are ever so slowly returning to a true understanding of America, and a true celebration of our Sovereign King on the 4th of July.  Pray that the return, repentance, and renewal will happen before the ax falls, and the Lord gives us over to our lusts (see Romans 1:18-32). 

Note that the first of three steps of the Fall outlined by Paul is subversion of truth, followed by idolatry, worship of creature rather than creator, followed by descent into compulsive, self-destructive behaviors.   E. Fox]

On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted to throw off the chains of British tyranny. John Adams believed this would be known as our Independence Day as he wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail:

“The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” (John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776)

It was not until July 4, 1776 that the actual Declaration of Independence was signed and thus was launched the God-ordained march towards freedom known by some historians as the Great American Experiment.

Most Americans have been taught that our independence was won by our valiant revolutionary forces and their sacrifices were indeed great and vital; however the fire of liberty had long been ignited. It was this fire that motivated men such as Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene exactly six months prior to the Declaration’s signing to write in a letter to Samuel Ward:

Permit me, then, to recommend from the sincerity of my heart, ready at all times to bleed in my country’s cause, a declaration of independence; and call upon the world, and the great God who governs it, to witness the necessity, propriety and rectitude thereof…Let us, therefore, act like men inspired with a resolution that nothing but the frowns of Heaven shall conquer us. (Nathaniel Green, January 4, 1776)

Our God-breathed desire for liberty and need for Divine Guidance drove our Founding Fathers towards the Declaration of Independence, aware always that God would bless this future nation. Adams wrote on June 21, 1776:

Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.

Without Almighty God’s help the Founders knew all attempts at true freedom would be futile. Thomas Jefferson, who penned the Declaration of Independence, penned the following three years later:

God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

Revisionist historians will begrudgingly accord Jefferson deist beliefs, but few will acknowledge a deep religious faith; his words speak otherwise.

Benjamin Franklin has been accused of at best being a deist and at worse an atheist. Here are some of Ben’s musings on liberty and God:

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. (April 17, 1787)

How has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection. —Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor…To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?…or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?—I have 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. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? (June 28, 1787 in a speech at the Constitutional Convention)

These brilliantly wise and philosophical men knew that man left to his own devices would resort to evil and wickedness. The Father of our Constitution James Madison wrote:

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. (Quote attributed to Madison in 1778)

We have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being, whose power regulates the destiny of nations. (March 4, 1809 Inaugural Address)

The Father of our Country George Washington has also been accused of being a deist and definitely not a Christian. Here is a general order to his troops on July 9, 1776:

The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man, will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.

Pastor Henry Muhlenberg wrote these words concerning George Washington:

I heard a fine example today, namely, that His Excellency General Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each and every one to fear God, to put away the wickedness that has set in and become so general, and to practice the Christian virtues. From all appearances, this gentleman does not belong to the so-called world of society, for he respects God’s Word, believes in the atonement through Christ, and bears himself in humility and gentleness. Therefore, the Lord God has also singularly, yea, marvelously, preserved him from harm in the midst of countless perils, ambuscades, fatigues, etc., and has hitherto graciously held him in His hand as a chosen vessel.

And newly elected President George Washington offered these words to Congress in the first ever presidential inaugural address:

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.

We are free because God-fearing Christian man knew that without God’s providential hand they could not even attempt the Great American Experiment; with God’s grace they knew they could not fail.

We are free because fifty-six men believed that we are endowed by God our Creator with certain unalienable rights, rights that are not to be separated, given away, or taken away by man, and among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We are free because of the most brilliant document ever drafted by man or conceived by the human mind outside of the Holy Bible itself. Our Declaration of Independence is America’s gift to the world from the Guiding Hand of Almighty God.

Why not read that document tomorrow as part of your Independence Day celebration?

You will be amazed at what you read!

May you all have a blessed and safe Fourth of July weekend.

Thank you my dear son Eddie for your ultimate sacrifice for my continued freedom…I am forever indebted to you.

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Date Posted -  07/03/2008   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012