Christians Connect with July FourthWith Summer in full swing, the BBQ grilling up your favorite foods, and spending time with family and friends, let us pause and reflect today on the Fourth of July. Some may wonder how we, as Christians, can connect with a non-religious holiday celebrated in the United States of America. Below are some thoughts to help you feel a stronger connection between our faith and our country.

56 gentlemen met in Philadelphia to draft a resolution and declare independence from the British Empire. In it they stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This resonates with Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Founding Fathers shared the same ideology in which the Bible clearly states God is the Creator. They believed that God has given people Rights which the British Empire is infringing on with its citizens of the 13 states in America and began the process to gain their God given independence.

Within the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers listed King George’s 27 offenses against the people. They contended that King George was abusing his God-given power as a leader towards the colonies in America. “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” (which later became Thomas Jefferson’s seal) was a suggestion for the motto on the Seal of the United States. The rejection of King George’s authority by the Founding Fathers was caused by the premise that King George rejected His authority.

The Founding Fathers were very courageous on July 4, 1776, at the Pennsylvania State House. They banded together to go against the most powerful empire and leader in the world, knowing their lives would be at stake. No fear was shown just as in Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The Founding Fathers knew God would protect them and they would not be alone. On that day they voted to approve the Declaration of Independence, marking their independence from the British Empire, and gaining back their God given Rights.

Each year we celebrate the birth of Christ. The July 4th holiday is a celebration of the birth of our country. John Adams, in a letter to his wife two days prior to this gathering, stated these words: “The second day of July, 1776, will be memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever.” Adams knew this would be an important event for the citizens and even mentioned the day should be recognized by “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

To this day we all celebrate the birth of the country with solemn acts on July 4 of each year. Little did some of us know that these acts should be in devotion to God. So let us continue our celebration, both to our country and to God that we, citizens of the United States of America, live with such Rights in which God has given us and our Founding Fathers helped restore for generations to come.