The great anniversary festival

By | July 9, 2018 6:27 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

This past week, we viewed fireworks illuminating the night sky as far as the eye could see across this great nation. As I watched the fireworks light up the darkness to celebrate another year of our nation’s independence, I was reminded of how great this country is. I reflected on the letter that John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail, after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in 1776, saying that, “This day should be celebrated from one end of this great continent to the other with pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illumination from this time forward forevermore.”

He quoted that he was “apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Once again, we have celebrated our very own holiday – an American, and only an American, holiday. And it should be celebrated as a solemn act of devotion to God Almighty. This is not my recommendation or plea but the desire and challenge of one of the signees of our great country’s declaration. John Adams went on to say that he was “well aware of the blood and toil it would cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states. Yet I will trust in God.”

Do we celebrate the Fourth of July as a solemn act of   devotion to God Almighty? Are we teaching our children of the importance and significance of what this day means? Over 1.3 million Americans have given their lives in the past 240-plus years to preserve and secure our freedoms.

My friends, each time you view the night sky as it is illuminated, I challenge you to reflect on the greatness of our creator who shed his grace on thee.

President George Washington said, “It would be impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible.’’

President John Adams said, “It would be impossible to govern without God and the Ten Commandments.’’

A 39-year-old Christian by the name of Patrick Henry stood to his feet, on March 23, of 1775, as the 2nd Virginia Convention convened, at Saint John’s Church, in Richmond, Virginia. They had gathered there to discuss how to deal with the tyranny and oppression of Great Britain and King George III. Henry uttered some words that would become the spark that would light the fires of freedom that have burned brightly now for generations. He said, ‘”Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God – I know not what course others may take; but as for me – give me liberty or give me death!’’

Joshua, the leader of Israel, said, “Choose this day whom you shall serve, as for me and my house we shall serve the Lord. 24:15”

What a wonderful grouping of stories our great America has assembled through the years – powerful truths of God’s divine hand upon a nation that was built upon the blood and sacrifice of Christian men and women. Let us never forget who we are and the price that was paid by others for us to get here.

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