It Is Not Just Another 4th of July
Ramon Arias | July 2, 2017“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” Deuteronomy 32:7 (ESV)
George Washington wrote to John Hancock (Circular), June 11, 1783, thinking that after serving as the Commander of the Continental Army he was ready to retire to the place he missed the most, his estate in Mount Vernon, VA. However, the instability of events after the War of Independence needed urgent attention.
In 1787, Washington ended his retirement and headed back to Philadelphia to attend a Constitutional Convention, which he was chosen to preside over. In the first presidential election, Washington unanimously received every electoral vote to become the first President of the United States from April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797.
In his letter to Hancock, Washington stated some important facts we would do well to pay attention to:
“I think it a duty incumbent on me to make this my last Official communication; to congratulate you on the glorious events which Heaven has been pleased to produce in our favor, to offer my sentiments respecting some important subjects which appear to me to be intimately connected with the tranquility of the United States, to take my leave of your Excellency as a public Character, and give my final blessing to that Country in whose service I have spent the prime of my life, for whose sake I have consumed so many anxious days and watchful nights, and whose happiness being extremely dear to me, will always constitute no inconsiderable part of my own. …
The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of Mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, … the pure and benign light of Revelation, have had a meliorating influence on Mankind and increased the blessings of Society; At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely Free and Happy, the fa[u]lt will be entirely their own.”
You can read the complete Circular here.
Would you say people in these United States are freer and happier at this time? The honest answer is, no. Washington warned that the loss of total Liberty and happiness is the fault of the people.
The incomparable biblical principles of morality have been infected by greed and envy of the promoters of the humanistic worldview and their social engineering mindset—thinking they can eliminate poverty and inequalities at all levels. Anyone who thinks that equality and liberty go hand-in-hand must think again. History teaches us that the pursuit of humanism’s equality always destroys liberty, happiness, and true progress. No civil government can morally guarantee its citizen’s entitlement to equality, here is why: it oppresses the productive society by taking what rightfully belongs to them and gives to those who are envious and greedy.
Early on, during the birth of the nation, the biblical moral philosophy that shapes true culture began to erode. In the 21st-century, good and evil, right and wrong, morality and immorality have lost their true meaning, for the most part. Multiculturalism is a great contributor in erasing the boundaries established by the Biblical worldview that gave birth to this nation.
Celebrating the 4th July should not be just another holiday. Our present National condition demands that we have a better understanding of what happened that fateful summer in Philadelphia in 1776, in the likes of the inhabitants of the town of Newburyport, MA.
The residents of Newburyport invited John Quincy Adams, to speak to them on the 61st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1837. John Quincy was not only the sixth American president (March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829); he lived through the historical events that led to the independence and the victory; he was also the son of John Adams, one of the founders and the second president.
In his opening remarks, John Quincy Adams said:
Why is it, Friends and Fellow Citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it, that, entering upon the sixty-second year of our national existence, you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place, a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory, the warm and vivid affections which attached him, at the distance of a full half century, to your town, and to your forefathers, then the cherished associates of his youthful days? 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? – And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birth-day of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birth-day of the nation?
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, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?
Cast your eyes backwards upon the progress of time, sixty-one years from this day; and in the midst of the horrors and desolations of civil war, you behold an assembly of Planters, Shopkeepers and Lawyers, the Representatives of the People of thirteen English Colonies in North America, sitting in the City of Philadelphia. These fifty-five men, on that day, unanimously adopt and publish to the world, a state paper under the simple title of ‘A DECLARATION.’
Read the entire message here.
Why do you think John Quincy Adams associated the birth of the new nation with the birth of Jesus Christ? Both historical events were supernatural and ordained by Almighty God. It is He who controls history, and He is going to accomplish His will for the nations as it is in heaven.
We must not be blind to the reality that the same healer and ruler of the nations that allowed this country to come into existence, to be a light to the world, can also pour His justified wrath and bring her to dust if it refuses to return to God’s standards of living. America has only one original foundation that can sustain her, the moral and ethical principles of the Ten Commandments and everything that Jesus Christ taught.
Moses told the generation that was going to enter into the Promised Land, to “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations” (Deuteronomy 32:7). The way to remember is to ask parents, and other respected, knowledgeable individuals about the past. It is obligatory for every new generation to know the history of God in developing this nation; it was true then and it is true now.
It Is Not Just Another 4th of July