New Hope Community Church
This week marks 243 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. The Revolutionary War or the War for Independence would continue until 1783. The 13 American colonies had fought and won against the most powerful nation in the world. Against all odds The United States of America was born.
When the signers of the Declaration of Independence placed their names upon that document everything they owed and loved was put on the line. If they were caught or the war was lost, they would be considered as traitors. For the first time in history a nation was founded that purposed to place the ruling power in the hands of the people and not a monarch or dictator.
The Constitution established the foundation for this new nation that has survived a Civil War, two World Wars, a Great Depression and many other challenges that have toppled others.
During the tensions leading up to the Declaration the colonial leaders called for a time of prayer and fasting. Fifty-six men signed this Declaration that contains 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.”
Of the 56 men who signed the declaration, 12 fought in battles as members of state militias, five were captured and imprisoned during the Revolutionary War, 17 lost property as a result of British raids, and five lost their fortunes in helping fund the Continental Army and state militias battle the redcoats.
Freedom always has and always will require a cost, a price to be paid. I am thankful for all the men and women who have served, fought and the many who have died so that today we can still call ourselves the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I truly believe that God has blessed America. We are the only nation in the world that has a national motto, “In God We Trust” inscribed on all of its currency. The fingerprints of Christian values can be seen all over the founding Fathers and in the pages of history of the United States. Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Let us realize that we truly are blessed and have our freedom because of God’s mercy and grace.