The fourth of July. Is it just another excuse to eat to excess and indulge in our pyromaniac tendencies? Or is it a time to recognize our heritage and teach our values? On the day he signed the Declaration of Independence, John Adams made two insightful statements. First he said, “This day will be the most memorable epic in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” and second he said, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
I am a big believer in parents teaching their children biblical and by extension American values. I love the 4th of July. Sure we get together and eat hamburgers and hot dogs, and we definitely lite fireworks. We should strive, however, to make it something more, maybe something precious. The Lord has always intended for us to teach the next generation what is good and right. In order to teach the things, we must learn the truth. We need to learn what the Word of God says. We also need to learn correct history. We need to learn our story.
When is the last time, as a family, we read and discussed the constitution of the United States of America or the Declaration of Independence? The truths in these documents can have such a profound impact on the way we view our lives.
Consider this line from the Declaration of Independence; We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Who do we serve, the Creator or the government? When we return to the foundations of our country we are reminded of the source of our rights and it is not the legislature, the judiciary, or even the president. Take some time this Sunday to take the family to church and remind yourself and them of who we are as a nation in Christ Jesus.