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Monday was the designated day we Americans celebrate as the day our founding fathers declared independence from tyranny. For most it is/has become just another day off. It is a day for relaxing and grilling out, culminating with some sort of fireworks display. I see nothing wrong with setting aside a day for relaxing and grilling out, but it is vital while we are engaging in all this revelry we remember the true reason for the honoring of the day. We remember this day as the day 13 Colonies declared they would no longer be subject to tyrannical rule, no longer subject to the dictates of a government that was not for the people. This was the day when the Colonists declared,

“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.”

And in so doing they laid their lives on the line, their lives and the lives of their families; their livelihoods, properties, wealth, all they had, they laid aside to take a stand for freedom. Freedom to worship the Creator who had endowed them with these certain and several truths. Freedom to work and benefit from the labor. Freedom to live without the constraints of unfair rule being laid upon them.

And they fought dearly for it. Every time I hear the fireworks at the ending of the day I am reminded of the words from the first verse of our National Anthem,

“Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

“The rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air”, those are the fireworks our Founding Fathers enjoyed in remembrance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What was Francis Scott Key looking for with all his desperate hope? The star-spangled banner, “Old Glory”, the Red, White, and Blue, the American flag; that unifying symbol of a country united with singular purpose, under one God, for one goal- Freedom.

I find myself thinking much on this subject lately, especially with the current state of America, and all the significant changes occurring that are eliminating many of the freedoms won during the fight for independence. I am saddened as I watch our liberties taken away one by one. Freedom of worship, quickly disappearing. Freedom of speech, on its way out as well. America is splintered and fractured from within, we have forgotten our history and are now doomed to relive it. Tyrannical big government has replaced the State-based, people-driven legislation our Founding Fathers enacted. There no longer exists the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government, there is but one ruling authority it seems. How else can we have the Executive and the Judicial branches enacting laws, thrusting them upon the bodies of the people, when it is the Legislative that makes our laws? How else can we have laws that are in place having been voted on and agreed upon by the people summarily disregarded and thrown away at the whim of the Executive branch? How else can we have candidates running for the highest office who would not be able to secure employment as average citizens with their current criminal records and activities?

Francis Scott Key asked in his poem, “O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” I now ask, “Where are the free men willing to lay their lives on the line to ensure freedom?” “Where are the brave who will stand up and declare injustice and tyranny?” This brings me then to the fourth verse of Key’s poem, our National Anthem, of which you, like most, have probably never heard;

“O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

You see, there is the key… Here in this verse is found the reason for the Founding Fathers and the Colonist’s success in their revolution for freedom… They knew to be free men and brave men meant they must “Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!” What power had preserved them a nation? Was it the 13 Colonies against the most powerful empire in the world at the time? Was it the 56 men who signed away their lives upon the Declaration of Independence? Was it General George Washington upon his horse with all his mighty men? Of course not, Psalm 33 is where the Founding Fathers were looking for their help and preservation.

Psalm 33:12-22 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

We Americans find ourselves in a dangerous place with great portions of the population ill-equipped for the situation due to most lacking sufficient knowledge of history, many having traded education for entertainment, and a great majority having abandoned themselves to willfully sinning against this Creator God who is our preservation. Hear the warning…

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Have these words not shown themselves to be true? We have forgotten our history and notice the place we now find ourselves.

How much more true than is the Word of God.

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.