Thursday, July 02, 2009

The 2nd Day of July

"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." -- John Adams, written from Philadelphia on 3 July 1776

It is obvious that most Americans are not that concerned with liberty and freedom and independence anymore. (Followed the news for the last 20 or so years? Seen the growth and intrusion of the government in our lives?)

And obviously the day of our independence from the shackles of an oppressive British government are NOT marked by "solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty." Far from it -- "hey, as long as I get Thursday as my Friday and be chillin' by a grill full of meat, preferably by a body of water . . . . who cares about anything else?"

And we wonder why there might be some problems in the foreseeable future?

But I am thankful to Almighty God that I was born and live in the United States. I am thankful to Him for the freedom that I enjoy as a citizen. Am thankful to Him for the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice that many, many people have laid down to make it so.

Most of all I am thankful for the freedom that Almighty God has granted to me in and through the finished work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I rejoice in Him that I am free from the bondage of sin and and its penalty - death. Indeed, this is the truth that sets men free.

Thank You, heavenly Father. You are indeed worthy of our worship, praise and adoration.


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