Dear Church Family,
Although it is not a religious holiday like Christmas or Easter, July 4th can and should be a time to reflect on God’s goodness to us as a nation. As we anticipate celebrating July 4th this coming Thursday, one of the things people need to be reminded of is that freedom isn’t free. Do you know how much the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence for the freedoms we enjoy today?
In a broadcast on July 4, 1974, Paul Harvey reminded us:
“that Carter Braxton, a wealthy planter and trader, after signing, saw his ships swept from the seas to pay his debts. He lost his home and all of his property. He died in rags;
that Thomas McKean of Delaware was so harassed by the enemy that he was forced to move his family five times in five months. He served in Congress without pay -- his family in poverty, and in hiding;
that John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside while she was dying; his 13 children fled in all directions for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves and returned home after the War to find his wife dead, his children gone, his properties gone. He died a few weeks later of exhaustion and a broken heart.
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration, few were long to survive. Five were captured by the British and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes -- from Rhode Island to Charleston -- sacked and looted, occupied by the enemy, or burned. Two of them lost their sons in the Army; one had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 died in the War from its hardships or merciful bullets. They had learned that liberty is so much more important than security, for that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They fulfilled their pledge; they paid the price, and freedom was born.”
It's hard to imagine paying such a price so that others might be free. May we never forget the cost of it all, the great price that was paid for our freedom, and the courage that our nation was founded on as "One Nation Under God."
May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!