"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 [July 4th]? . . . 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. . ?" -John Quincy Adams
These are some great questions he brought up. One of the main reasons for declaring Independence was for religious freedom. So in short, they were declaring Independence from a government and big church structure, so that they could proclaim Dependence on the "Savior of the World". God designed humans to be free. This spiritually speaking as well. Jesus came to set the captives free. We, as Americans, can understand the impact of this. Over time our Freedoms as citizens has been lost slowly but surely, but also our Freedom in Christ have been forgotten or overlooked in religion. We need reform in many ways right now. Very important is the reform we need in Washington back to how our Founding Fathers designed this government through the Constitution. But most importantly, we need a reformation to continue to grow individually and in the churches in the U.S.A. We must get back to the Five Solas from Scripture that pushed on the Protestants of old and started the Reformation in the past. We need a New Reformation. Those five things are summarized in one sentence: In Scripture Alone, we see that we are saved by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the finished work of Christ Alone to the glory of God Alone! Enjoy your freedom because of Jesus' blood shed for it. He accomplished what we couldn't. As Christians, we can rest under the banner that reads "It is Finished". As Americans we hope to rest free from Tyranny or an oppressive, intrusive Government.
I wrote a letter to an unnamed soldier that I would like to share. It relates God's plan and work through Jesus to what our American Soldiers do, and have done, for us and our country. I hope you enjoy it.
That is my pitch for the day. Go in Peace and Freedom! Amen.