"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."
words are from the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 243 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.
our freedom on July 4th with picnics and fireworks with family and friends. It is surely worth celebrating! But do you know
specific details about the story behind the 4th of July? Here's a quick timeline of important events associated with the Declaration
- On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve
a complete separation from Great Britain.
- On July 4, 1776,
the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed by only two individuals: John Hancock, President of Congress,
and Charles Thompson, Secretary of Congress.
- On July 8, members
of Congress read the Declaration of Independence aloud from the steps of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. When they were
finished, they rang the Liberty Bell.
- Most of the
Founders signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. We urge you to read the Declaration of Independence today.
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
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!
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."
According to John Quincy Adams, Christmas and the Fourth of July were tightly connected. In short,
our Founders took the precepts of Christ which came into the world
through His birth (Christmas) and merged those principles into civil government. Here's what John Quincy Adams
said, "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?"
In 2019, 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.
friends. Know that God remains on the throne. With Him, all things are possible! It is time for today's America to embrace
the popular motto used during the War of Independence: "No King but King Jesus!"
In God we still trust,
Sisters and Founders of Unite the USA
Iowa's Patriotic Tractor
Washington, D.C. July 4th Parade
patriotic, and inspiring. Those words instantly come to mind whenever people see the patriotic tractor, restored by Gary Leffler
from our home state of Iowa. He restored a 1957 Ford Model 860 tractor and transformed it into an inspiring tribute to our
beloved country and her roots in freedom, faith, family, and (of course) farming. Beautiful, vivid patriotic
paintings by Sue Lockridge cover the tractor and honor all the men and women who have served our country. Gary also included
names of his family members who served in the military from WWII through present day.
Gary shared, "Our prayers go the those who have lost loved ones in military service, the wounded soldiers,
and the families who sacrifice so that their loved ones can serve the land of the free and the home of the brave."
This very special patriotic tractor is often featured in parades throughout Iowa. However, by special
invitation from the White House, the patriotic tractor was featured in the July 4th parade in Washington, D.C.
Gary Leffler said, "You know what? It'll be really neat because everyone will be there celebrating
our country and what it represents for all people. And I think the folks will be excited...we're excited to see the president
there waving at us."
We agree, Gary. God bless you, our veterans, and our beautiful
-Carrie and Stacie
Happy 243rd Birthday, America!
Today marks the 243rd anniversary of the USA's
independence. Yes, the Declaration of Independence was adopted 243 years ago today. In honor of this day, take time
to read the Declaration of Independence here.
Land of the Free Because of the Brave
As we celebrate our freedom, we want to thank our veterans and servicemen
and women for keeping us safe and free. God bless you and your families.
"On this special day, the birthday of our nation, in
the midst of all the joyous celebrations let us take a moment to remember the debt of thanks we owe to those who came before
us, to the same God who guides us all, and to the spirit of faith and patriotism which still makes America 'the land of the
free and the home of the brave'."
-President Ronald Reagan
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
2 Corinthians 3:17
How Well Do You Know Our Founding Fathers?
Here's a fun and easy way to learn a little trivia
about some of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Click here to take this quiz and see how well you do. Happy 4th!
A Story About the Last Living Signer of
the Declaration of Independence
Charles Carroll was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. The State of New York asked
him if he would write his thoughts about the Declaration of Independence that every American should know. What he wrote might
surprise people today!
Remember Our Founders
[2019 marks 243 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
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
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.
In 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:
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]?"
question: why is it that in America the Fourth of July and Christmas were our two top holidays? Note his answer:
"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
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
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 Independence?
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
you 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 thatbattle, 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
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
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!"
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."
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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