Today we celebrate our freedom from foreign domination. Our fathers had a compact with their king. Parliament, with no legal standing whatsoever, violated that compact, and despite many appeals for protection, our king allowed it to happen. With no choices but to submit to unlawful tyranny or fight, our fathers chose to take up arms. God judged between our fathers on one hand, and the scofflaw Parliament and tyrannical king on the other, and today we celebrate the results. A ragged band of colonists, short on supplies of every kind, fought the greatest military power in the world of their day. God granted them strength beyond their numbers, tenacity beyond any reasonable expectation, favor in the eyes of their allies, and ultimately, victory.
Praise Yahweh, the house of Hanover is fallen.
A nation so blessed with freedom from tyranny ought to respect that God-given legacy, and honor the One who gave it.
We have not.
- We have repeatedly, even habitually, disregarded the biblical ethics that govern just war. Our sins range from straightforward wars for others’ territory (Mexican War, Spanish-American War) to the deliberate slaughter of civilians and destruction of their sustenance (Sherman’s march to the sea in the War Between the States, the area bombing and firestorm tactics of WWII, of which Dresden is only the most famous of many examples).
- We have allowed the creation of a fiat money system that steals purchasing power from those who have worked and saved their money, and puts that purchasing power back in the hands of the government and its designees through inflation. This is using false weights and measures, and it is an abomination to the Lord.
- We have legally sacrificed nearly 50 million babies to the false gods of financial, social and sexual convenience–our very own Molech. We add more than a million to that number every year.
I could go on; I won’t.
But the world is a messy place, and the news is not all bad. The same country that committed all the above crimes is also the hub of unprecedented good deeds:
- Americans are by far the most generous people on earth. Our charitable contributions, measured either in total or per capita, dwarf those of the world’s other nations.
- Largely through the efforts of American missionaries, mission agencies and supporting churches, the gospel has gone out to the ends of the earth.
- Bible translation efforts, again funded by American largess, have exploded. The contribution of Christian missionaries to linguistics is so significant that when the Long Now Foundation produced their famous Rosetta Disk, they used Genesis 1 as an exemplar passage–because the Bible was the only document translated into more than a few hundred languages. In other words, we were the only ones that cared enough to go and learn all the languages of the world; the linguists had to deal with us because we were the only ones who had the information they wanted.
These things are possible for us because God has blessed us with power and wealth; He has been kind to us far beyond what our sins deserve. Israel was judged harshly for the same crimes that we have committed. Whence this kindness to us? Romans tells us that the kindness of God is intended to lead us to repentance.
On this day, of all days, let us be grateful for our fathers, most of whom loved and served the God of Israel, and tried to found a Christian country. Let us be grateful that God has been kind to us although we have not honored their legacy as we ought to have done. And let us pray for the repentance of our nation before it is too late.
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!