Life and Death 50 years Apart


A Nation was born on July 4th, 1776. A resolution had been introduced earlier which said, “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states; and that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown.” These were words of treason against the King. They were not taken lightly. Jefferson went on to write in the Declaration that the King had violated the “unalienable rights” from God to man. Therefore they had a right to do something. What they did was “Birth” a new Nation. That Nation was the United States of America. It was a very noble work.

Fifty years later on July 4th, 1826 the two most involved writers of the Declaration died. Jefferson died a few hours before Adams. Both served on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was the writer, and then he gave Adams a copy for his suggestions. Adams made very few changes. Other committee members gave input and finally the Committee of the whole made changes and approved the draft on July 2nd.  The rest is history.

The Declaration refers to God as Creator. As the Sovereign, God gave man his rights that could not be taken by a king or government. The “guiding hand” or Divine Providence of God was needed to be successful in securing their Independence. These words are not the words of Deists. They are the words of men who knew God and needed His wisdom.

Today we need God as much as ever. There are national needs and individual needs. Maybe you are a businessman or woman and need direction. Turn to Him and seek the guidance you need. At the suggestion of Dr. Franklin in 1787,  the Founding Fathers had prayer in time of need. Unsaved friend, your need is Christ as Savior. Turn to Him without delay.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

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