He was there! He didn’t just read about it or observe it from afar, he was personally an important part of all that happened in Philadelphia in the late 1770’s. And on July the 3rd 1776, the day after the Declaration was signed John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail… “But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” Though a few words are no longer a part of our everyday English I am sure we get the gist of what our former President was saying to her and to us. This day, Independence day should be celebrated with all the afore mentioned activities (And we’ve added a few over the years!) But don’t miss the sentence which comes before, “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.” Then the haunting last line… “even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” The word “rue” means, to bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen)
Tom Tancredo writes this past week… “The abandonment of America’s unique character begins with the loss of historical memory, which is why the subversive rewriting of American history has been the first priority of leftist ideologues for over a hundred years. The College Board’s revisions in the syllabus for teaching Advanced Placement American History is only the latest chapter in a story that began with the progressive historians of the early 20th Century… If we don’t teach our own children the meaning of the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence, why should immigrants be required to learn it? If parents and teachers don’t know and appreciate these things, how can they teach students? How many high school graduates today can answer the following history question correctly? Why did 700 British soldiers march from Boston to Lexington and Concord in April of 1775? (A) They were looking for tons of tea and merchandise stolen from British ships in Boston harbor by a tax protest called the “Boston Tea Party.” (B) They were ordered to locate and destroy stockpiles of gunpowder and muskets. (C) They were attempting to find and deport a large group of illegal immigrants who were being sheltered by a group of local clergymen. The answer is (B) by the way. The more in depth answer would be that they were also looking for Samuel Adams and John Hancock who were staying in the home of a pastor by the name of Jonas Clark. Only two generations ago, nearly every American knew the answer… today, not so much.
So now back to John Adams original recipe. Celebrate Independence Day with intentionality and with much vigor remembering the God that whose hand was clearly evident throughout our conflict with Great Britain. Celebrate our Independence Day intentionally by using this moment each year to pass long the story of Liberty to another generation who MUST HEAR IT! Allow me to borrow from Mr. Franklin who during the Constitutional Convention at a time of great struggle in the process of drafting the Constitution reminded the assembled body and us as well, “how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. ”Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. …. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend?” You see we cannot afford to make it optional nor can we afford any longer to embrace the watered down version of the revolution absent God’s presence and provision. These are the stories of great men of character and resolve whose faith in God so graciously has given to us the freedoms we enjoy today. May we never forget and may we never fail to not only honor them in remembrance but to faithfully carry on the torch of Liberty ourselves. Sounds like a recipe for LIBERTY!