This Sunday is the Fourth of July, a time for food, fellowship, and fireworks. But it is a time for so much more for the Christian. July Fourth is a day for us to reflect on and remember that the United States is a nation that was founded, rooted, and established on Christian principles. Regardless of what you hear politicians, the liberal media, or history revisionists saying today, our great nation was founded on Christian principles and the freedom to worship the God who is: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Don’t take my word for it; read the words of our founding fathers.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The Declaration of Independence.
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
It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Patrick Henry
To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, . . . in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. Jedidiah Morse
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 this they echoed 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, regardless of what nation they pledge allegiance to.
On the day that we in the United States of America commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776, let us reaffirm our own 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 to be our safety in the storm. He is to be our peace in times of trouble. He is to be our portion in times of need. He is to be our All in all.
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 ourselves to be His, we acknowledge that we are no longer our own. We have been bought at a price no man can measure. The very Son of God was nailed to a dirty tree, crucified between two criminals, and took on the wrath and judgment of God the Father to pay the penalty for every one of our sins — past, present, and still to come. We are His and no other’s, and He will tolerate no rival for our affections.
So as you enjoy your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends on Sunday, I hope you’ll take time out to give thanks to the One who purchased your independence from sin, Satan, and death. Jesus Christ has brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light to remain with Him forever and ever, world without end.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!