“The Underlying Ideas of American Independence”

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The time had finally come.  After twenty years of growing government interference into the affairs of the American Colonies, the patience of Americans was exhausted.  The Representatives of America had appealed to their British King and the Parliament over and over during those twenty years, and had only been insulted for their efforts.  Over The Underlying Ideas of American Independence1and over the King had treated their appeals with disdain.  Finally, Thomas Jefferson would sum up the attitude of the majority of Americans when he wrote in The Declaration of Independence,

“A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

The final break with England began on March 16, 1776.  The Continental Congress, representing each of the thirteen colonies, called upon the American people to observe a day “of fasting, humiliation, and prayer”.  The Congress stated Continue reading

“Why Did Americans Fight for Independence?”

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On April 19, 1775, seventy-five American Farmers faced an overwhelming force of some 600 British professional soldiers.  The Americans were out-manned, out-gunned, and out-trained.  And when the first shots were fired, nine of the Americans fell dead.  Why were they willing to face such overwhelming odds?  Were they dreamers?  Were they crazy?  Were they men of such noble ideas they were willing to die for them?  While they were all these things (except crazy) they had an even greater reason for resisting the King of England.  They believed they were obeying the God of the Bible with their resistance.  Their Congress had stated,

Why Did Americans Fight for Independence1“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian…duty of each individual ….Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”

(Massachusetts Provincial Congress. 1774, in a resolution. George Bancroft, Bancroft’s History of the United States, Vol. 1-X (Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown, 3rd Edition, 1838) Vol. VII, p. 229. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington, MN: Garborg’s Heart’N Home, Inc., 1991), 8.31.)

When our ancestors defended themselves on Lexington Green, and later much more successfully at Concord Bridge, they believed they were walking in a principle of liberty taught in the Bible. Continue reading

“Will You Be a Soldier For Truth?”

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In April of 1917 the United States entered into World War I.  While all wars are caused by the selfishness of man, the desire of our people as a whole was not our own gain.  Rather, it was our desire to protect the liberty which God had entrusted to us.  And our people responded in great numbers to the request of President Woodrow Wilson to Will You Be a Soldier For Truth1observe a Day of Public Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting on May 11, 1918.  He requested our people to:

“…humbly and devoutly…acknowledge our dependence on Almighty God and to implore His aid and protection…with religious solemnity and the offering of fervent supplications to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of our cause, His blessings on our arms, and a speedy restoration of an honorable and lasting peace to the nations of the earth…”

(American Minute by William Federer, 4/6/2015)

Our prayers “were heard and graciously answered”.  Few would argue that it was American arms which won the day for liberty in the nations of the earth and brought this mighty scourge of war to an end.  And while answered prayer cannot be scientifically proven, an honest analysis of the outcome of battles and their timing can only admit that God’s Hand was evident.

One soldier readily gave credit to the Lord for an almost unbelievable feat he accomplished in October of 1918.  In a battle in France, Corporal Alvin York’s battalion was pinned down by over 30 German machine guns. Continue reading