Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 4th --- A Day of Deliverance

In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote these words regarding what we now call Independence Day, "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."  

Those words were written in 1776 when the founders were convinced that, through the hand of God, they had delivered this fledgling nation from a great tyranny.  We were to be a nation dedicated to the God of the Word, and the Word of God.  Our Founding Fathers, and Statesmen that followed, emphasized the importance of religious obedience to a thriving and successful nation. 

  • "....reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."  George Washington
  • "...Religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness."  Samuel Adams
  •  "The great pillars of all government and social life are virtue, morality, and religion..."  Patrick Henry
  •  "We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion...our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  John Adams                   
This statement by John Adams is powerful.  He acknowledges the corrupting influence of power and the only force strong enough to curtail those passions as being morality and religion.

July 4, 2013 -- where do we stand?  Have we clung to the only power and authority our founders acknowledged would prosper and protect our nation?  On the other hand, have we fallen into the trap we were warned of, abandoning God, abandoning his principles and still expecting His blessing and protection?   A quick glance at any day's headlines gives us the obvious answer.  An honest look at today's culture tells us the results.

This year as we celebrate the birth of our nation let us renew the words of John Adams and commemorate it as a  Day of Deliverance.

Scripture tells us in Joel 2: 12-14  "Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God."