Saluting 245 Years of Freedom

As we come to the nation’s birthday on July 4th, I want to suggest two things.

(1) We should celebrate our freedom and (2) we should not forget how we got it.

To the fifty-six brave men, including one preacher (John Witherspoon), who signed the Declaration of Independence, we owe a great debt.

For the patriots like George Washington who went to war to secure our independence, we should be very thankful.

For the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have put on the uniform and served in our military, let’s give a fully whole-hearted salute.

Those many thousands (approximately 1.1 million) of Americans who have died in battle—let’s never ever fail to honor them.

From 1776 to this hour we have much for which to be thankful and much reason to celebrate when July 4th arrives.

With abortion, alcohol and numerous other tragic issues always on the front burner of things that need to be halted, we know America has its problems. Our country is not perfect, but we will never stop in our pursuit of perfecting it.

When Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32), He was advocating God’s eternal values as the key to our spiritual well-being as well as our long-term eternal welfare.

God’s truth offers us salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ whereby we are set free from the bondage of Satan and the condemnation of sin.

That same eternal truth and that same spiritual freedom are also at the foundation of a free society. When men build their lives on the value system of faith, they will reject totalitarianism in the pursuit of personal freedom.

Here in America the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the bases upon which our country was founded and upon which it has survived and thrived.

As we approach the nation’s 245th birthday on July 4th,

I am grateful for the privilege to live here and for the freedom I have enjoyed my entire life.

A Christian and a Patriot

I am a Christian—a fundamental, Bible-believing, Bible-toting, Bible-quoting, born-again, church-going, soul-winning, tithing, Heaven-bound, excited and happy Christian.

I am also a patriot. I love my country, its hills and valleys, its rivers and deserts, its natural resources and its fruitful fields. I am a free enterprise, capitalistic, free-market enthusiast. I salute our soldiers and honor our veterans. I pay homage to our fallen heroes.

I salute the flag, say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I back the blue. I vote every Election Day. I stand with those who are right and oppose those who are wrong. I am a peace-loving man; but if you threaten my freedom or my well-being, I will fight.

Yes, I am a Christian and I am a patriot. The two go hand in glove.

Patriots of the Past Paved the Way for Us

Samuel Adams (1722–1803), one of America’s Founding Fathers, was one of the men who crafted the principles of our republic. A second cousin to President John Adams, he said,

The liberties of our country… are worth defending at all hazards, and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors…[who] purchased them for us with toil and danger.

It was that same patriotic