July 4, 2012 How Did Our Founders Celebrate Independence?
With Their True Heritage
On the evening of July 2, 1776, after the adoption
the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote
wife Abigail expressing the significance of that
day. In his
letter he wrote about how future
generations should celebrate
with parades, shows,
games, guns, bonfires and fireworks. For the most part,
Americans have taken heed to Adams' call to celebrate
that day. However, America
has forgotten the most
significant act of honoring this great occasion. First
and foremost, Adams wrote, "It ought to be
commemorated as the Day of
solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty."
Fathers believed that God was delivering us from the tyrannical hand of the
British government, just as He had delivered the children of Israel from the
bondage of Egypt. Evidence of this strongly held belief can be found in the
first proposed seal of the United States. The seal was designed
by the same committee that drafted the Declaration, which included Thomas
Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. The seal had the image of
"Pharaoh sitting in a chariot, a crown on his head and a sword in his
hand, passing through the divided waters of the Red Sea in pursuit of the
Israelites: Rays from a pillar of fire in the Cloud, expressive of the Divine
presence and command, beaming on Moses who stands on the shore and extending his
hand over the sea causes it to overwhelm Pharaoh."
long as Israel honored God for delivering them from Egypt, his
hand of protection was upon them. But when they turned their back to him is when
they faced tribulation and judgment. This is why our Founders felt
that the most important thing for us to do in celebration of our deliverance
from tyranny is to give "solemn acts of devotion to God
On July 4, 1787 the
delegates to the Constitutional Convention recessed their
proceedings to celebrate the "Day of Deliverance." There were many opportunities
to celebrate with games, parades and parties, but instead, under the leadership
of George Washington, the delegates assembled at the Reformed Calvinistic Church
in Philadelphia to worship and pray. Reverend William Rogers
delivered a sermon about trusting in the wisdom
of God to establish a "free and vigorous
This Independence Day, share
this story with others, and be sure to pray for our nation and
honor God for his deliverance and for the strong faith and
dedication of our Founding Fathers.
Married. Three grown children. Taught school 11 years. Entered law school in 2001. Graduated and passed the bar in 2004. Licensed attorney in Tennessee. Hamblen County Commissioner (2002-2006). Focused on accountability, ethics, and openness in government at all levels.
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