“The general Principles on which the fathers achieved independence were …. The general principles of Christianity.” — John Adams, U.S. Founding father and 2nd President of the United States
“Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” — Inscription on the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, from Leviticus 25:10
Happy, safe and blessed 4th of July to you and yours.
As we celebrate and enjoy this day, may we all remember the great vision and sacrifice of our Founding Fathers, and the men and women who pledged and risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor that we might enjoy and reap the benefits of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
And may we remember and return as a people to the great faith in and reliance on Christ and the Bible upon which our Founding Fathers solemnly assured us was the sole foundation for our liberties, our prosperity and their perpetuation. And in these dark and uncertain times for us as a people and nation may we commit ourselves anew to that only solid and true hope with which we may kindle again the faith and freedom our Founders sacrificed their all for.
About 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln challenged a deeply divided and battered nation on the bloodied fields of Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
So let us celebrate and enjoy this day that commemorates the birth of the ancient dream of humanity; the birth of our nation, a city shining on a hill which has been a beacon of hope and freedom that has drawn untold millions to her shores for over two-hundred years. But let us also remember the extraordinary price paid for our freedoms, and then resolve to renew our commitment to the faith in God and sacrifice required of our generation to heal our land and bring forth that new birth of freedom — a destiny yet to be restored within our shores, and yet to be granted for the majority of mankind looking to the flickering beacon still shining from our shores.
Happy 4th of July!
Van S Mabrito
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles …. This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.”
– Noah Webster, U.S. Founding father.