John Adams might have been a bit off on the date, but his understanding of the Spirit of this day was right on!
It was the date of July 2, 1776 that John Adams thought would be celebrated by future generations of Americans writing to his wife Abigail Adams a second letter on July 3, 1776:
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.
A Day of Deliverance it was, and today, we are crying out again for our deliverance from those that would try to ruin this great nation that God established. There are those that are bent on our destruction. These forces are no longer from those ‘across the sea’ but within our walls, in our government, leading our country. What great tragedy has befallen our nation. It is time for the patriots of America to arise, as did our forefathers, the pilgrims, the common man, who gave their all, their blood, sweat and toil, to see the heart of God established in this country. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Gal 5:1) The battle is about worship! Whom shall you worship? Where does your allegiance lie?
Will we rise to the challenge, recognizing the the hour of our visitation? In His great mercy, God is once again pouring out His Spirit to empower us to victory over the evil that intends to bring us to ruin, to take away our freedom and make us its slaves. Or will we remain complacent, reveling the lies generated through our media that economic recovery and the freedom of same-sex marriage will make us great once again? Will we be content to have every last freedom taken, every last dollar taxed, every God-given right quenched? I think not!
Enjoy the BBQ, the watermelon and the fireworks, but in the midst of the celebration remain sober and vigilant that we are warriors in a great battle against evil. We were all born with a purpose, we are born blessed, but that does not translate into comfort and ease for all our days. When the battle cry is sounded, we must lay aside our comfort, grab our (spiritual) weapons, listen diligently to our Commander of the Heavenly Host and then fight will all we have! The Rays of ravishing Light and Glory are still before us. Jesus, the greatest Warrior-King, is leading His army to victory. It is certain, if only we will listen to him.
America, it is time to REMEMBER! Remember our beginnings and ensure that our End is better than our beginning, that God be the centerpiece of our nation and that our lives are built on His government, His righteous rule, and His freedom through the Blood of Jesus. Let us cry out with one voice, “In America, as it is in Heaven!” I charge you today, “Choose you this day whom you will serve…..but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15
Credits: Image by Cathy Wood