On this 240th anniversary of American independence, we stand at a crossroads for our country. Our nation is experiencing challenges both at home and abroad, and those challenges seen sufficient to sink our ship of state. From a massive national debt, to the more insidious threat of forgetting our faith and founding values, many fear that this light upon a hill is growing dimmer. We are not the first generation of Americans to feel this way.
In July, 1776, the men who gathered to adopt the Declaration of Independence felt that they were singing their own death warrants. Few of them actually believed that the thirteen colonies would pull off an upset to the most powerful empire on Earth. They pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to the cause of American independence, to human liberty. Through the rugged determination of the American people, the Revolution was won and America was freed.
Now, looking back nearly two and a half centuries to the events of the American Revolution, we must summon the courage and conviction of our forefathers. We have a federal government that is threatening the same rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that we fought to secure two hundred and forty years ago. We must reapply the principles of America’s founding, not abandon them.
As we celebrate this Independence Day, let us resolve ourselves to rise up and rebuild our great republic. In spite of our problems, God has richly blessed this country. Let us appeal to the Author of Liberty that he might steady our course and preserve this, “the last great hope of man on Earth.”
God bless America.