|General George Washington, on his knees, desperate for God|
On the 4th of July, it's good to celebrate what we have in America - A Grand Experiment in Freedom! I’m proud of our history, including how our nation has self-corrected away from terrible injustice. For example, we moved from days where black men and women could be owned as property to a glorious day where a man whose ancestors were born in Africa is the duly elected president of the United States! That’s a successful experiment in Freedom!
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."We, church, are dependent on Divine Providence, the Hand of Almighty God, for our freedom. For our very lives! Let's celebrate with Joy on July 4th how God has provided political and religious freedom in America and then use our Freedom to be a City on a Hill! (Jesus said that in Matthew 5, referring to how people should see his followers, the church, as a City on a Hill, giving light to guide people to freedom.)
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ..." Philippians 3:20