Let Freedom Ring
By Lynette Ecord
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.” – Leviticus 25:10
(This verse is inscribed on the Liberty Bell)
When you smell those hot dogs cooking on the grill, hear the marching bands playing patriotic music, and see the fireworks exploding in the night sky, you know it must be Independence Day! Of course, we all know that this holiday marks the date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Historians think that the reason we celebrate with parades and fireworks is thanks to a letter written by John Adams (who would go on to be the second U.S. President) to his wife, Abigail.
In that letter, he predicted that the colonists’ independence would be celebrated by future generations with an annual festival with parades and bonfires. John Adams also said that “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.” Interestingly, it was his belief that the Fourth of July should be a religious holiday, and that it should be commemorated as a “day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” He felt that on the Fourth of July the Founding Fathers simply took the precepts of Christ and His birth (Christmas) and incorporated those principles into civil government. Did you know that of the 56 Founding Fathers, 27 of them were trained as ministers and that the spiritual emphasis, directed toward King George III who violated God’s laws, gave rise to a motto during the American Revolution – “No King but King Jesus!”?
I’m not sure what the Founding Fathers would think of what our country looks like today, but I do know this. I’m ready for another Independence Day. I’m ready to be freed and delivered from this world. Talk about a day of celebration! And we will go on celebrating through all eternity.