Today is Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July. On this day in 1776, exactly 238 years ago, in the city of Philadelphia, the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, finalizing the decisions to break away from the tyrannical rule of the British Empire. Not all of the members of the Continental Congress were able to be there to sign it at once, coming in and out of town sporadically to sign when they could. However, this historic document, penned by the great Thomas Jefferson, was the foundation upon which our young country based its most essential doctrines of law. As much as certain pundits, politicians, and people would like to have you think otherwise, it remains as pertinent and relevant today as it did then, along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
For the weekend, I would like to ask everyone to relax, have a barbeque if you can, spend time with your family and friends, watch a patriotic film or historical documentary (preferable a good one), and to enjoy the fireworks. As the great orator and statesman Daniel Webster said, “May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!”
A happy Fourth of July to all of you out there!
"[I]f my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
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