For those who have served and still serving today, may God bless our Brother's and Sister's who have stood in the place for our freedom everyday without fail.
Thanks to all of you! Happy Fourth of July everyone!
This is from Theology for Dummies:
“In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me: I will not be afraid. What can man do to me.” Psalm 118:5-6
As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, we should take time to reflect on its true meaning and upon the intent of our Founding Fathers. Those who have always experienced freedom can easily take it for granted. Those who have suffered under political or religious oppression, often have a much greater appreciation for the rights and privileges that Americans enjoy. Please read the following snippet from our history. I have provided a summary of one of the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is a condensation of work done by Dr. Paul Barkey in his book, “On This Day.” I hope it prepares your heart for a deeper appreciation for all that God has provided us through the sacrifice of others. May God receive the glory for the greatness of America.
July 3, 1776~
On July 3, 1776 the first vote was cast by the colonies to approve the Declaration of Independence. Nine colonies were in favor with Pennsylvania and South Carolina opposed and New York abstaining. Delaware was divided with one delegate on each side of the issue. A third delegate from Delaware, Caesar Rodney, supported the Declaration but he was not in Philadelphia for the vote. A rider was sent to get Rodney. He made the journey in record time arriving at 1:00 PM just in time to vote. Rodney was so exhausted from the journey that he could hardly speak. However, he mustered the energy to state, “As I believe the voice of my constituents and of all sensible and honest men is in favor of independence, my own judgment concurs with them. I vote for independence.” With Delaware’s vote, Pennsylvania and South Carolina also voted for independence making it unanimous with New York continuing to abstain. Samuel Adams summarized the events of that day by saying, “We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and…from the rising to the setting of the sun, may His kingdom come.”
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