Summary: We celebrate our independence from foreign rule on July 4th, but let us also celebrate our dependence upon God!
A Declaration of Dependence
10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth--
15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
This Thursday we will celebrate "Independence Day." It all began 226 years ago, when on July 4th, 1776, 56 brave men signed a document known as "The Declaration of Independence."
Do you have any idea what price these men paid?
* Five were captured and tortured by the British before they died.
* Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned to the ground.
* Two lost their sons in the war.
* One had two sons captured.
* Nine fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the war.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home to pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in Congress without pay and he died a very poor man.
Thomas Nelson’s home was seized by the British at the Battle of Yorktown and used as a command post. He urged General George Washington to open fire on it. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.
LIBERTY HAS ALWAYS EXACTED A PRICE. That’s what the 4th of July is all about---remembering.
However, this spirit of independence that we celebrate was not meant to exclude God!
Our nation is steadily moving away from the Lord as is evidenced in recent years.
* God has been kicked out of most public institutions on the pretext of pluralism.
* Abortion on demand
* Euthanasia and the legalizing of drugs are gaining support
* Pornography is more acceptable and available than ever
Not too long ago, a U.S. District court ruled that the cadets at West Point could no longer be made to attend chapel.
The Speaker of the House rose in a recent session of Congress and stated that no politician or government representative should take a public stand on a religious matter of any kind---and right behind him on the wall is a large plaque with the words inscribed: IN GOD WE TRUST!
Billy Graham, in and address to a congressional prayer breakfast said he believed that there were many times in the history of America when certain men stood for God and changed the course of its destiny.