Today is a Special Day. Today, the 4th of July, we celebrate the official Declaration of Independence, which was then signed by 56 leaders of the 13 colonies over the next few weeks. Others, including Patrick Henry, who had declared, “Give me liberty or give me death;” General George Washington, who was fighting the British in New York City at the time, and Dr. Joseph Warren, who had died in Battle, did not sign the Declaration, but played a major role in creating this nation and achieving the liberty (or most of the liberties) that we enjoy today.
Freedom in never free. It must be believed in, cared for, protected and often fought for, and some of our founding fathers and thousands of men and women over the past 239 years have given their lives so that we might live free with certain unalienable rights endowed by our Creator, including the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May we never forget the blessings of liberty that we have been given and strive to stop further erosion of our freedoms by an ever-increasingly powerful government. May God help and guide us to resist the apathy and lack of wisdom and courage so prevalent today, to stand up and fight for our freedoms and never allow corporate, political and religious greed and power to dominate our lives so that we lose our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Pictured with Links: Declaration of Independence, a painting by John Trumbull depicting the Committee of Five presenting their draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Congress on June 28, 1776. Trumbull’s painting appears on the reverse of the United States two-dollar bill. A “http://Jeffress.com/” Post / 150704