This July 4th will mark the 244th birthday of our nation. It will be the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document to which 56 men affixed their signatures knowing when they did that their lives and fortunes would be at stake. In part, that historic declaration which most of the original signers lost their lives for, read:
The 56 signers of that document were highly educated and successful citizens. Twenty-four of them were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine of them were farmers and plantation owners.
244 years after most of those men lost their lives in freedom’s cause, we enjoy the fruit of their sacrifices. Abraham Lincoln, in his famous Gettysburg address, reminded the nation of his day of the “unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced—that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
May we join the slain President in concurring with that resolve: that those slain in wars to ensure our freedom shall not have died in vain.
The greatest heritage that we can pass on to the next generation is that which we received from our forefathers: faith in God as our Deliverer. We are of all nations the freest because we have built a House upon the Rock of His Word. As evil men chip away at that foundation of faith, our nation crumbles. Lawless anarchists are attacking America at this hour viciously on the streets having been motivated by un American propagandizers in college classrooms other-wise known as “professors” who have instilled a doubt if not a denial in the impressionable minds of the youth of our nation that a democratic republic governed by elected officials chosen of and by and for the people, with an economic free-enterprise system as opposed to totalitarian socialism, driven by people who can freely work and faithfully worship in the place and posture individually and without coercion chosen, is the best experiment in government known throughout the histories of nations past or present.
The answer to the monumental social, political and moral problems we now face nationally is spiritual. We must commit ourselves to firming up the foundation of faith upon which our country was built. No amount of money can produce the integrity, courage and moral fortitude it will take to bring America to its senses. We cannot move forward from here except we move upon our knees, as it were, in fervent and faith empowered prayer. It begins with me and it begins with you. Will you join me in this?
“At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck it up and to pull it down, and to destroy it; if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.” (Jer. 18:7,8)