Happy Independence Day! Our children have been asking some pretty pointed questions about the significance of the Fourth of July. We have had to hide a few grins and try to answer as seriously as the questions were asked, but this question really touched our hearts!
The Dreamer: "So the Americans declared that they were independent from England's King and had the right to rule the Colonies as they pleased?"
Daddy: "That's essentially right, honey. On July 4th 1776 the Continental Congress adopted what is called 'The Declaration of Independence' and let England know that they would no longer be ruled by a government that denied their rights and freedoms."
The Storyteller: "They didn't declare their independence from GOD though, right Daddy? Nobody can say they are independent from God! He made us!"
Daddy: "No Chum, They knew it was God their Creator who gave them their rights and freedoms and they asked Him for guidance all through the process of writing the Declaration. They mention God many times in the Declaration."
The Storyteller: "That's good Daddy. We should read it again. Maybe everyone should read it again, 'cause it sure seems like lots of people in America are living independent from God."
We'll be reading part of the Declaration again and remembering just Who governs the affairs of men and allows Kings to sit upon their thrones.
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist are appointed by God."
Our little corner of this great land is to receive a bit of liquid sunshine tomorrow, so we may not be able to sneak in a picnic, and the fireworks are iffy too, but I'm sure it will be a nice family day! I hope you all enjoy time with your loved ones as we celebrate America's Birthday!