July 1, 2018

4th Of July: Declaration Of Dependence - Deuteronomy 8:6-14

On Wednesday the United States will be celebrating a crucial moment in the history of our nation... the signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams signed he said, "Whether we live or die, sink or swim, succeed or fail, I stand behind this Declaration of Independence. And if God wills it, I am ready to die in order that this country might experience Freedom."

Just 14 months before the Declaration of Independence was written armed conflict actually broke out in the Battle of Lexington & Concord between colonial Minutemen & British army troops. Patrick Henry, the fiery patriot from Virginia gave his famous speech before the Virginia Convention....."Three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, & in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the Destiny of nations, & who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. The Battle, sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. It is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission & slavery. Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! … I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."

What we often forget is that in declaring their independence from England our forefathers made an equally bold “Declaration of Dependence” upon Almighty God.

They Declared their Dependence upon God. But we weren't the first nation to do that. At another crucial moment in history as the people of Israel were preparing to enter the land that God had promised to them Read Moses told them, in Deuteronomy 8:6-14

The 2nd paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins with these words: "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." Again, the closing words of their Declaration solemnly states: "With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence (that's God), we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes & our sacred Honor."

It is important that we remember this clear declaration of their dependence upon God In a world we live in today it seems that we have begone not only to ignore -but even to eliminate any acknowledgement of the deep & abiding faith of our Founding Fathers and of the God who gave this nation its birth & its greatness.

Watch out that we don’t forget God. History has show us that not only nations but also individuals need to heed that warning. The greatness of a nation is not measured by its military power or national wealth. Righteousness & justice should be the determining factors. Solomon, the wisest of men, said: "Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34. What’s happening in the United States today? To a great extent our culture has become all about success, status, & security.

Our real freedom comes in Christ. So when we stand back -& look at this land of the free we begin to ask, "Is there any real freedom anywhere?" But thank God, as Christians we have a greater freedom than any constitution can give us. We have the freedom that is offered in Christ Jesus.

There is a word for freedom in the N.T. It is the word, "redemption." "Redemption" means "to be set free." It means that we have been bought with a price that we have been freed of our bondage & now we are really free.

If you really are a patriot, if you are truly concerned about America, if you truly want God to bless her, then live a life in harmony with the will of God. May we as individuals, reaffirm our dependence upon God so that as we, "looking to Jesus the author & finisher of our faith," we might experience the freedom He gives not only from worry, doubt & fear, but also from all those sin we have in our lives.

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