Some of my favorite memories growing up are the 4th of July family picnics held at my Grandma’s house. All my aunts, uncles, and cousins took the time out of their busy lives to attend as this was ‘the summer family event’. There were tables in the back yard, covered with every kind of food imaginable. After we ate until we were stuffed, there was always an impromptu baseball game in the front yard, followed by homemade ice cream. All of us young folk had our chance to turn the crank to make the ice cream and it was a badge of growing up to finally get the stage of life when you were ‘big enough’ to help.
As a young child, I had no idea what we were celebrating. It was just another family reunion and another opportunity to spend time with my favorite cousins. I had no idea at the time what we were really celebrating — nor the struggle our forefathers went through to assure we would have the freedom to do so.
John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a letter to his wife, stating 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.”
Well, John Adams was off by two days, as we celebrate the holiday based on the date shown on the Declaration rather than the 2nd of July when it was actually approved in a closed session of Congress. Not that it really matters at this point in time.
By the way, one of my Christian Fiction Novels, “The Dove and the Raven”, takes place during the American Revolutionary War. A perfect book to read this 4th of July weekend. And it’s on sale now for 99 cents! Be sure to check it out! http://www.amazon.com/The-Dove-Raven-Historical-ebook/dp/B0063UB2GW/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
Okay. Enough with the ‘commercial moment’.
Anyway, the document that is even more important is the U.S. Constitution. It was adopted September 17, 1787 and the freedoms described in it are those we should hold dear. Over the years it seems as if the core beliefs of this country and its founders–which were based on Biblical morals and values–aren’t as important anymore. We’ve moved so far away from those values that I fear for the future of our country. It’s time for us to remember what our country is supposed to stand for, and what those folks fought for, all those years ago. Let’s remember THIS 4th of July, where our beginnings were and how hard it was to get them–and how easy it would be to lose them.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Have a blessed, and safe, 4th of July with your friends and family!