Our Independence Day, or merely the 4th of July?

“…When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…”

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Question:  Do YOU celebrate the 4th of July, or Independence Day?

For many, July 4th is most often noted as being a day off from work – punctuated by barbecues and fireworks. Ironically, it wasn’t until 1870, that the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees. Later, in 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

But BBQs, days off, and fireworks aside, why did our Founding Fathers seek independence from Great Britain?

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Before you answer, you might be interested to learn that in a 2010 poll, 26% of all American respondents did NOT know that we claimed our independence from Great Britain.

Worse, 5% thought that we declared our independence from …those tremendously polite “tyrants” up in Canada.

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Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.

Still, if you were to ask the other 69% of Americans what the reason we separated from Great Britain was, you’d likely hear the following answer, above all others: “Taxation without representation”. And to be fair, you can’t blame most folks for that answer. After all, it is ONE of the reasons for our Revolution written in the Declaration of Independence.

Yet, it should be noted that it was only one out of TWENTY SEVEN reasons listed.

Declar of IndepeSo, are you curious as to its place on that list of 27? Well…… it didn’t even make the top 5….

…or the top 10,

…or even the top 50%!

It was reason number (drum roll, please) …SEVENTEEN.

Important? Certainly.

The main reason? Absolutely not!

But thanks to textbooks that were adapted from the writings of Charles and Mary Beard, W. E. Woodward, and others in the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, a new paradigm was created in which the approach was “the ECONOMIC view of American history”.  And, since “taxation without representation” was the economic reason listed in the Declaration of Independence, it suddenly became the sole clause that most Americans studied.

Noted Evangelical and Historian David Barton (WallBuilders.com), commenting on the status given to the “Taxation….” issue wrote:

“….it’s all that most (students) ever hear. 

Never mentioned today are the numerous grievances condemning judicial activism – or those addressing moral, or religious, or other issues.”

Sadly, most of those other TWENTY-SIX grievances are now so rarely articulated that, with regard to religious and moral issues, God has been all but removed from the discussion entirely.

Which is startling, given that He is openly acknowledged four times in the Declaration of Independence.

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As we celebrate another Independence Day, perhaps it’s a good idea to go back to our Founding Document. Read it and discover (whether for the first time, or the first time in a LONG time...) the factual accountings of those who formed and wrote it.

Of course, you can always watch history nowadays. I’d wholeheartedly recommend that you consider obtaining the 10-DVD American Heritage Series. Drawing from contemporary accounts and pre-revisionist history writings, the viewer comes away with a far deeper understanding of our founding.

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As Daniel Webster famously said:

“History is God’s Providence in human affairs.”

Amen to that.

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Speaking of which, …and most importantly: on THIS day, may you and yours be blessed, and let us all give thanks to The Lord for His hand in the creation of this great Nation.

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17 responses to “Our Independence Day, or merely the 4th of July?

  1. Solid post, Pgh!!!
    And rather necessary, given what is/isn’t taught these days.

    ***By the way, we really appreciate you subbing for us today, bro…

    Have a wonderful Independence Day, my friend!

    • Thank you, and you are MOST welcome!

      I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen in the American Heritage Series. Our Founding Fathers were not a bunch of atheists, as has often attempted to be promoted in the media. They make the claims and then trot out Franklin and Jefferson as their proof. Forget that that out of the 56 signers of the Declaration, at least 50 were Evangelicals. No, let’s just draw on a few isolated writings of the others, that in most cases, aren’t presented in context. Ben Franklin worked to establish CHRISTIAN schools in Pennsylvania and promoted state funding of missionary endeavors. By today’s standards, the Left would try to nail him on a wall right next to Jerry Falwell.

      David Barton has (surprise, surprise) come under vicious attack from the Left and the “No God in America” crowd, but it’s hard to argue when he’s working from source materials that leave LITTLE room for another “interpretation”.

  2. Have a great Independence Day. Looking forward to our reinstatement of our independence.

  3. Well said. Here’s to fighting tyranny in all its forms.

    • Amen, Sally! GBL has talked about this on multiple occasions. For me, it comes down to this: If a particular movement is not of God’s hand, then it must be of Satan’s. Too often, we don’t like stating things in such black and white terms for fear of rejection, reprisal, etc. We’re a bunch of “right wing, religious kooks”. Well, they can call me whatever they want, but I, for one, will shout my Lord’s name in the face of evil. It’s time to fight the good fight of faith. We stand tallest and strongest when we’re on our knees in prayer.

  4. Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY TO YOU AND YOURS!!!!!!!!! And may we keep fighting for our religious freedom!!!!!!!!!

    • Greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world, Daisy. It’s time for Christians to be Christians in deeds and not just in words.
      God bless you and yours this and every day!

  5. godsbooklover

    Extremely important post, and well-stated. Thank you, PGH! How quickly we forget.

  6. Happy Independence Day Y’all. Great post PGH.

  7. love the thoughts and sentiments..Hope u had a blessed day in this glorious Nation of ours and that it remains so!!!:)

    • PGH is likely asleep by now, Angel, but thank you on his behalf (at least until the morning…).
      😀

      We hope you also had a blessed Independence Day, and hold the same prayer in our hearts, today and every day.
      Lastly, thanks for stopping by and especially taking the time to comment.

      We all hope you’ll visit again soon!

    • Thanks, Angel! JTR was right…..some of us OLD guys go to bed at 9:30PM! LOL!

      It’s clear that, as a Nation, we have strayed from our founding principles. History has been perverted by those with Godless agendas, and the sad state of morality is evident. JTR has written about this MANY times: the cultural ROT that is far too pervasive.

      Again, gratitude for stopping by, and we hope to hear from you again!

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