Happy Independence Day!
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."
Those powerful words are from the Preamble
of the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 240 years ago today. Our nation's Founders stood out from the pages
of history as committed, courageous people who put everything on the line so that we might be free. They did not compromise.
In 1776, the original
colonies declared independence from the rule of Great Britain and King George the III. Soon the War of Independence began.
As a result, these brave men sacrificed their lives and fortunes while pledging their sacred honor in the cause of freedom.
is time for today's America to embrace the popular motto used during the War of Independence: "No King but King
Over time, 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. Of the 56 men, 12 fought
in battles, 5 were captured and imprisoned, 17 lost property due to British raids, and 5 lost their savings to help fund
the Continental Army and state militias. Today, we not only thank and remember the courage of those 56 men,
but we also honor the countless heroic men and women who were part of the fight for independence and freedom!
The inscription around
the top of the Liberty Bell is Leviticus 25:10. Yes, you read that correctly. A Bible verse still
rings forth the truth from where it was etched onto the Liberty Bell. Leviticus 25:10 says: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof."
Friends, our country
is in serious trouble as our freedoms are slowly being siphoned away. It's our turn to ring out the truth from the liberty
bell within our hearts and do all we can to peacefully yet effectively defend freedom. We urge you to read this month's edition
of Unite the USA to learn more.
Hope again, friends. Know that God remains on the throne. With Him, all things are possible!
In God we still trust,
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
Sisters and Founders of Unite the USA
Remember Our Founders
[2016 marks 240 years] since our Founding Fathers gave us our National Birth Certificate.
We continue to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world.
Blessings such as these are not by chance or accidental. They are blessings of God.
On July 2, 1776,
Congress voted to approve a complete separation from Great Britain. Two days afterwards - July 4th - the early draft of the
Declaration of Independence was signed, albeit by only two individuals at that time: John Hancock, President of Congress, and Charles Thompson, Secretary of Congress. Four days
later, on July 8, members of Congress took that document and read it aloud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming
it to the city of Philadelphia, after which the Liberty Bell was rung. The inscription around the top of that bell, Leviticus
25:10, was most appropriate for the occasion: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof."
To see the turmoil in other nations, their struggles and multiple revolutions, and yet to see the stability
and blessings that we have here in America, we may ask how has this been achieved? What was the basis of American Independence?
John Adams said
"The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity."
Perhaps the clearest identification of the spirit of the American Revolution was
given by John Adams in a letter to Abigail the day after Congress approved the Declaration. He wrote her two letters on that
day; the first was short and concise, jubilant that the Declaration had been approved. The second was much longer and more
pensive, giving serious consideration to what had been done that day. Adams cautiously noted:
day will be the most memorable epic in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding
generations as the great anniversary festival."
It is amazing that on the very day they
approved the Declaration, Adams was already foreseeing that their actions would be celebrated
by future generations. Adams contemplated whether it would be proper to hold such celebrations, but then concluded that the
day should be commemorated - but in a particular manner and with a specific spirit. As he told Abigail:
"It ought tobe commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty."
John Adams believed that the Fourth of July should become a religious holiday - a day when we remembered God's hand
in deliverance and a day of religious activities when we committed ourselves to Him in "solemn acts of devotion to God
Almighty." Such was the spirit of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of those who led it, evidenced even
further in the words of John Quincy Adams, one who was deeply involved in the activities of the Revolution.
1837, when he was 69 years old, he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts. He began that address
with a question: "Why is it, friends and fellow citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it that entering on the
62nd year of our national existence you have honored [me] with an invitation to address you. . . ?"
The answer was easy: they had asked him to address them because he was old enough to remember what went on; they wanted
an eye-witness to tell them of it! He next asked them:
"Why is it that, next to the birthday of
the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?"
An interesting question: why is it that in America the Fourth of July and Christmas were our two top holidays? Note
"Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not
that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth?
That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?"
John Quincy Adams, Christmas and the Fourth of July were intrinsically connected. On the Fourth of July, the Founders simply took the precepts of Christ which came into the world through His birth (Christmas) and incorporated
those principles into civil government.
Have you ever considered what it meant for those 56 men - an eclectic
group of ministers, business men, teachers, university professors, sailors, captains, farmers - to sign the Declaration of
This was a contract that began with the reasons for the separation from Great Britain and
closed in the final paragraph stating "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection
of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
Dr. Benjamin Rush, the father of American Medicine and
a signer, recorded that day in his diary. In 1781, he wrote to John Adams,
recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the House when we were called up, one after another, to the table of
the President of Congress to subscribe to what was believed by many at that time to be our death warrants? The silence and
gloom of the morning was interrupted, I well recollect, only for a moment by Colonel Harrison of Virginia (a big guy) who
said to Mr. Gerry (small in stature) at the table: 'I shall have a great advantage over you, Mr. Gerry, when we are all hung
for what we are now doing... From the size and weight of my body I shall die in a few minutes, but from the lightness of your
body you will dance in the air an hour or two before you are dead.' This speech procured a transient smile, but it was soon
succeeded by the solemnity with which the whole business was conducted."
These men took this pledge seriously. Robert Morris
of Pennsylvania is an example of the highest level of integrity. He was chosen as the financier of the American Revolution.
What an honor, except that there was no bank willing to give any loans to help fund the revolution. It was three years and
the Battle of Saratoga before America got any kind of funding at all. After winning that battle, foreign nations like France,
Holland, and others decided maybe we weren't such a bad risk and began loaning us money. So where did we get money for the
first three years? Congress, at that time, could not have obtained a loan of one thousand dollars, yet Robert Morris effected
loans upon his own credit, of tens of thousands. In 1781, George Washington conceived
the expedition against Cornwallis, at Yorktown. He asked Judge Peters of Pennsylvania, "What can you do for me?"
"With money, everything, without it, nothing," he replied, at the same time turning with anxious look toward Mr.
Morris. "Let me know the sum you desire," said Mr. Morris; and before noon Washington's plan and estimates were
complete. Robert Morris promised him the amount, and he raised it upon his own responsibility. It has been justly remarked,
that: "If it were not demonstrable by official records, posterity would hardly be made to believe that the campaign of
1781, which resulted in the capture of Cornwallis, and virtually closed the Revolutionary War, was sustained wholly on the
credit of an individual merchant."America couldn't repay him because there was no money and yet Robert Morris never complained
because he had given his word.
You see the same thing in the life of John Hart. He was a strong Christian gentleman and Speaker of the House of Representatives
in New Jersey. He promised to help provide them with guidance and leadership. There were three things that were important
in his life; his Savior, his family and his farm. Because of his signature on the Declaration, the British were seeking him
(and the rest of the signers) to execute as traitors. John Hart fled his home after which his farm was ravaged, his timber
destroyed, his cattle and stock butchered for the use of the British army. He did not dare to remain two nights in the same
location. After Washington's success at the battle of
Trenton, he finally returned home to find that his wife had died and his children scattered. He lost almost everything that
was important to him but kept his word.
John Hancock, a very wealthy individual lived in a mansion reflecting his princely fortune
- one of the largest in the Province of Massachusetts. During the time the American army besieged Boston to rid it of the
British, the American officers proposed the entire destruction of the city. "By the execution of such a plan, the whole
fortune of Mr. Hancock would have been sacrificed. Yet he readily acceded to the measure, declaring his willingness to surrender
his all, whenever the liberties of his country should require it." A man of his word, he demonstrated his integrity.
The 16 Congressional proclamations for prayer and fasting throughout
the Revolution were not bland (i.e., the acknowledgment of Jesus Christ, the quoting of Romans 14:17, etc.); however, this
is not unusual considering the prominent role that many ministers played in the Revolution.
One such example is John Peter Muhlenburg. In a sermon delivered to his Virginia congregation
on January 21, 1776, he preached verse by verse from Ecclesiastes 3 - the passage which speaks of a season and a time to every
purpose under heaven. Arriving at verse 8, which declares that there is a time of war and a time of peace, Muhlenburg noted
that this surely was not the time of peace; this was the time of war. Concluding with a prayer, and while standing in full
view of the congregation, he removed his clerical robes to reveal that beneath them he was wearing the uniform of an officer
in the Continental army! He marched to the back of the church; ordered the drum to beat for recruits and nearly three hundred
men joined him, becoming the Eighth Virginia Brigade. John Peter Muhlenburg finished the Revolution as a Major-General, having
been at Valley Forge and having participated in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Stonypoint, and Yorktown.
Another minister-leader in the Revolution was the Reverend James Caldwell. His actions during one battle inspired a painting
showing him standing with a stack of hymn books in his arms while engaged in the midst of a fierce battle against the British
outside a battered Presbyterian church. During the battle, the Americans had developed a serious problem: they had run out
of wadding for their guns, which was just as serious as having no ammunition. Reverend Caldwell recognized the perfect solution;
he ran inside the church and returned with a stack of Watts Hymnals - one of the strongest doctrinal hymnals of the Christian
faith (Isaac Watts authored "O God Our Help In Ages Past," "Joy to the World," "Jesus Shall Reign,"
and several other classic hymns). Distributing the Watts Hymnals among the soldiers served two purposes: first, its pages
would provide the needed wadding; second, the use of the hymnal carried a symbolic message. Reverend Caldwell took that hymn
book - the source of great doctrine and spiritual truth - raised it up in the air and shouted to the Americans, "Give
'em Watts, boys!"
The spiritual emphasis manifested so often by the Americans during the Revolution caused one
Crown-appointed British governor to write to Great Britain complaining that: "If you ask an American who is his master,
he'll tell you he has none. And he has no governor but Jesus Christ."
Letters like this, and sermons like those preached by the Reverend Peter Powers titled "Jesus Christ the King,"
gave rise to a sentiment that has been described as a motto of the American Revolution. Most Americans are unaware that the
Revolution might have had mottoes, but many wars do (e.g., in the Texas' war for independence, it was "Remember the Alamo";
in the Union side in the Civil War, it was "In God We Trust"; in World War I, it was "Remember the Lusitania";
in World War II, it was "Remember Pearl Harbor"; etc.). A motto of the American Revolution
directed against the tyrant King George III and the theologically discredited doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings (which
asserted that when the king spoke, it was the voice of God speaking directly to the people) was simple and direct: "No King but King Jesus!"
Another motto (first suggested by Benjamin
Franklin and often repeated during the Revolution) was similar in tone: "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God."
Preserving American liberty depends first upon our understanding the foundations on which this great country was built
and then preserving the principles on which it was founded. Let's not let the purpose for which we were established be forgotten.
The Founding Fathers have passed us a torch; let's not let it go out.
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Happy 240th Birthday!
| |Today marks the 240th anniversary of the USA's independence. Yes, the Declaration of Independence was adopted
240 years ago today. In honor of this day, take time to read the Declaration of Independence here.
This Month's Bible Verse
is the nation whose God is the
Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance."Psalm 33:12
God Bless Out Heroes
We thank our Lord for our freedom and for the brave men and women who keep us free!
"Preserving American liberty depends first upon our understanding the foundations
on which this great country was built and then preserving the principles on which it was founded. Let's not let the purpose
for which we were established be forgotten." -David Barton
5 Steps to Transform into a Proud Patriot!
about our country's history. Most Americans know very little about our country's fascinating history. Check a good
American history book from the library or read about our country online. Wall Builders is an excellent web site about our history and Christian heritage.
2. Watch national news.
Be up to date on current events.
vote. Erase apathy from your vocabulary. Exercise your right to vote. Voting does make a difference!
4. Learn the
words to the "Star Spangled Banner." Watch a video of Stacie singing the National Anthem here.
for our country and its leaders! When hearts change, new policies follow.
About David Barton
WallBuilders' founder and president, David Barton,
resides in Aledo, Texas (just west of Fort Worth), with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children. David spent eight years
as an educator and school administrator before founding WallBuilders. He has received numerous awards including several Who's
Who honors, two Angel Awards for excellence in media, and the George Washington Honor Medal. He has spoken to numerous state
legislatures, consulted with both state and federal legislators on various bills, and has written amicus briefs in cases at
the U. S. Supreme Court.
Endorsed By David Barton
"For positive change to occur in America, each one of us must become involved
in shaping our culture and the communities around us. Stacie and Carrie are not only taking active steps to ensure this change,
they are providing practical steps for you - and your children - to do the same. These young ladies are following
in the example of our Founding Fathers and are choosing to become involved and make a difference at a young age. With an emphasis
on our country's Christian heritage, Unite the USA is a book that will educate and inspire you and your family
to find opportunities to help shape the moral climate of our nation. I encourage you to not only read this book, but to determine
to take responsibility for the direction of our nation and become involved."
-David Barton, Wallbuilders
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Featured Founding Father
(April 13, 1743 to July
4, 1826) author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the
United States, and founder of the University of Virginia -- voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual
of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
Read more about him here
*Ironically, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4,
1826. Today is the 190 anniversary of their deaths.
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