Happy 4th! I chose today to launch this blog because of the significance of the hour. In 1776 a group of men, leaders, tired of serving a tyrannical government decided to stand up for the rights that they believed were given to them and all mankind by the Creator of the universe. We celebrate this day when those brave men decided they would stand up against injustice and right the wrong in the name of God. Oh to be in that room on that day! I wonder the emotions and tension in the air. I don’t envision an immediate roar of applauds, but a moment of silence as the reality of what was to come set in. Then, after all is said and done, the celebration commences. John Adams writes to his wife the following:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
It is common knowledge that not all of the men in that room who signed and debated over the Declaration were devoted Christians, but all were in agreement that there was a Creator, and that He determined the rights of the people, not man. There was no created being who could determine the lives of another. We can argue and debate the facts behind the individual lives of the signers, but the principal is still the same. Declaring independence from a an unjust government was a “solemn act(s) of devotion to God Almighty.” God was at the center of all decisions and becoming a nation that is under God would be blessed by Him as the most powerful nation on the planet.
What happens, though, when a nation under God loses sight of its Creator and begins to live according to the desires of the perverted heart of man? I believe that the Bible is clear on that. Look at the nation of Israel, a nation chosen and built by God Himself who turned away from devotion to Him. The answer is exile. They were conquered by nations and removed from their home. Only upon repentance were they granted their liberty from bondage. When a nation does ill in the sight of the Lord, the nation cannot stand, especially when the nation was designed in His name.
This is the condition of man. When man sees Himself as the reason for success or power, He begins to lean on that power and make decisions from His own deceived heart. Losing sight of the true Giver of freedom and the true Holder of power can only result in calamity.
On this day, the day that we celebrate the brave men who stood up for justice in the name of God, we must be reminded that our story as a nation is one obviously written by God’s pen, and when we lose sight of His sovereignty and providence and begin to pen our own story He confuses the language and splits up the people. A house divided cannot stand, and independence outside of Christ is only bondage in disguise. So today I pray for our nation and it’s rulers. May today be a day of repentance, and a day of recognition to the true giver of independence, which is only found in dependence on He who sets us truly free. And when the Son sets us free, we are indeed only then free.