From the Pastor’s Desk: June 29, 2023

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Carol Sparks

Independence Day:  Our Christian Heritage

The Birth of a Nation

For over 235 years, America has been blessed as the longest, ongoing Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. These blessings are not accidental, they are blessings of God. This is evident as we look at the turmoil in other nations and contrast that to the stability we see in America. Preserving American liberty depends first upon our understanding of the foundations on which this great country was built, and then it depends on preserving the principles on which it was founded.

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 afterward, they rang the Liberty Bell. The inscription on the top of the bell is Leviticus 25:10, which reads, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”

Most wars have a motto. The motto of World War II was “Remember Pearl Harbor.” The motto during the Texas War for Independence was “Remember the Alamo.” The spiritual emphasis, directed towards King George III who violated God’s laws, gave rise to a motto during the American Revolution: “No King but King Jesus.” The Founding Fathers passed the torch to us. It is our responsibility to not let it go out.

Copyright ©️ 2011, David Barton. Used by permission.

Submitted by Liz. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!