Summary: The Patriots - they made a pledge; paid the price and reaped the reward (freedom, a new land, a bright future, - a new beginning). And those who pledge their allegiance to the lamb do the same.
"I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb"
[note:The tittle of this message is based on a song by Ray Boltz - during this message it really has an impact to show the video, you can see where I choose to show - but any time whould be good]
One thing I usually like to do in my 4th of July messages, is to remind us that this holiday is about so much more than hotdogs, cook outs, swimming and fireworks. The 4th of July is about a country founded, rooted and established on Christian principles.... In keeping with that tradition, I like to remind us of some of the words our founding fathers said in this regard.
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or to often that this great nation was founded not but religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
-- Patrick Henry
"Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics."
-- George Washington Farewell Address to Nation
"The 1st amendment has created a wall of separation between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall, it keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government."
-- President Thomas Jefferson in an address to Danbury Baptists.
"We have no government armed with power cable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people... it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other..."
-- John Adams
So you can see that despite what modern politicians, the contemporary media or the history revisionists say - America was founded not on the concept of freedom to worship[ any God (Buddha, Allah..etc) but on the freedom to worship Jesus Christ.
Okay now that I’ve taken care of my 4th of July tradition let me get on with what I want to do today... Today what I want to do is to look briefly at the parallel between our founding father’s allegiance to this country and our allegiance to the lamb, Jesus Christ the Son of God. First we will look at them, "the patriots" and then us, "the Christians."
a. They Made A Bold Declaration
For more than 14 months after the Battle at Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775) the patriots fought not for their independence but rather they fought for their rights within the British Empire. Rights that had been gradually taken away before, and even more after, the Boston Tea Party. And 100’s of Americans gave their lives to regain these rights, 400 alone died at the battle of Bunker Hill.
It was during this time of conflict that Patrick Henry, the fiery politician from Virginia, gave his famous speech before the Virginia Provincial Convention...Here is how he concluded it:
"3 million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the Destiny of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. Battle sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
Besides sir, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. There clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come. I repeat it, sir let it come!
It is in vain, sir to extenuate the matter. Gentleman may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war has actually begun! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?
What is it that gentleman wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. Forbid it, almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."
Then early in the summer of 1776 at a meeting of the continental congress on July 2, 1776, the colonies voted to announce and declare, that they would accept nothing less than absolute freedom from England.
2 days later on July 4th, after making some minor adjustments to the text, the final wording was ratified and signed by the 56 members, representing the 13 colonies. John Adams who was a member of the drafting committee was so excited with the vote on July 2nd that he wrote his wife back home in Massachusetts a letter saying,