On this date 236 years ago, 56 courageous men, most of who were devout Christians, placed their lives, their family’s lives and all of their worldly possessions on the line when they signed the Declaration of Independence.
Their goal was to rid themselves of the oppressive tyranny of England and King George III. These brave founding fathers sought freedom from British taxation and freedom to worship as they pleased, not how the monarchy dictated.
The American Revolutionary War had started a year earlier on April 19, 1775 and finally ended nearly 8 ½ years later on September 3, 1783. Between the war and diseases such as smallpox that swept the colonies from 1775 to 1782, it is estimated that over 155,000 colonists died (130,000 alone due to smallpox).
Finally, the United States of America was a free and independent nation and the first President, General George Washington, hurriedly gathered the political leaders and went to a nearby church to thank God for His providence in helping them through the time of turmoil. Washington also asked God to continue to watch over America as the nation began its journey through history.
Now, 236 years later, America has turned from God and it is obvious that His blessing has been withdrawn from our land. Our national leaders no longer look to God’s Word for guidance and direction. In fact, they have passed law after law banning any mention of God from public places. In His stead, the government has turned to a sinful way of life that mocks God and Jesus Christ.
In what I believe to be the final acts of defiance to God, President Barack Obama and his administration has struck down traditional marriage of one man and one woman and have replaced it with all kinds of perverse relationships. And trust me, this has not gone unnoticed by God.
The Apostle Paul warned us about this nearly 2,000 years ago when he wrote to the Romans saying:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:18-31.
The words of Paul seem to be written about America today. Not only do our people do these sinful and abominable things, but they are now approving of them. And I fear that America will suffer the similar wrath of God that He rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah. Mighty Rome also embraced a decadent and debauched lifestyle and it too was brought down by the wrath of God. It seems that once a nation embraces homosexuality as a norm, the end of their greatness is not far off.
As you watch the parades, fireworks and enjoy the festivities, please reflect on how far our nation has drifted from its foundations and from the God who blessed it 236 years ago. Reflect on the thousands of lives that have been shed to protect us from harm during that time and ask yourselves if it was all in vain.
If Christians don’t start praying for America, our leaders and then take action to elect Christian leaders to replace the pagan worshippers we have now, America just may be celebrating its last Independence Day.