Today is the 4th of July, a time when many Americans gather for food, fellowship, and fireworks. But this day should mean so much more to the Christian! Today is a day to reflect on the fact that we are a nation that was founded, rooted, and established on Christian principles. This was the clear intention of our Founding Fathers.
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. — George Washington
Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [July 4th]? . . . Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity . . . ? — John Quincy Adams
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever. — Thomas Jefferson
Regardless of what we hear judges or politicians saying today, untruths that are often echoed by historical revisionists and far too many in the media, our great nation was founded on Christian principles and freedom—not to worship the god we want, but rather the God who is, the great “I AM,” the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Our Founding Fathers not only pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, they pledged allegiance to their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In our Declaration of Independence, they proclaimed that they were “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” and announced their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine providence.” The Founders words echo the inspired and infallible words of the apostle Paul:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
The Founders’ ultimate allegiance was to the Almighty. They were devoted to Him. They were dedicated to Him. They were committed to Him. Their entire existence was rooted in their right relationship with their Redeemer. And that, beloved, is to be the confession of the lives of all those Christians who pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and every other Christian around the world.
On the day that we in the United States of America commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the document which proclaimed our independence from the kingdom of Great Britain, let us also utter our declaration of dependence upon our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His sovereign rule in our lives.
Jesus is to be our first priority in both life and death. He is our safety in the storm. He is our peace in times of trouble. He is our portion in times of need. He is to be our All in all.
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:68-69)
There is no greater declaration for the Christian to make and honor than the one made to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. When we declare to be His, we declare that we are no longer our own. We have been bought at a price that no man can measure. The very Son of God was crucified and nailed to a dirty tree, hung between two thieves to pay the penalty for every one of our sins—past, present, and to come. We are His and no other’s, and He will tolerate no rival!
So today, as you enjoy your 4th of July celebrations, I hope you’ll give thanks to the One who purchased your independence from the kingdom of the prince of this world. If you have, by grace through faith, placed your trust in Jesus Christ, God has brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light, and you will remain with Him forever and ever, world without end!
By God’s grace, may we live lives that confess both our pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to our triune God in heaven—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!