In honor of our Nation’s Birthday this weekend, hear this from our very own Mr. Lawrence Tyndall
Eleven score and nineteen years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. And we have pretty much been slugging it out to see what that means ever since.
The birth pains of the country began April 19th of 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Labor lasted an uncomfortable fourteen and 1/2 months. But on the fourth of July, 1776, the world welcomed a brand new baby country.
We were seven years old before our mother (England) would stand up in France and formally recognize that she had, in fact, given birth. (Talk about your postpartum depression.)
When we were 36 that same mother country came over in 1812 and decided that this little experiment was over and that we should once again change our address to United Kingdom West. We took three years to forcefully decline that offer, and punctuated the decision by the Battle of New Orleans.
By 77 we had filled out the area from one shining sea to another and began looking (as many citizens do at retirement age) for some tropical property (Hawaii) and some investment property for later generations (Alaska).
When we were 87 the enormous battle of Gettysburg had just been won by the north, leaving 8,000 graves to be dug and 40,000 more wounded in an attempt to define the appearance of American liberty.
After electing a president whose campaign slogan was ‘he kept us out of war’, at 138 we were reluctantly drawn into a foreign conflict in Europe. At 165, we were reluctantly dragged back into a foreign war in Europe by way of the Pacific, a word which ironically means ‘peaceful’.
At the ripe old age of 193 we landed on the nearest rock in the solar system not called ‘earth’. This happened a mere 66 years after a pair of bicycle mechanics in North Carolina decided that they could build a bicycle that could fly.
After turning 225 we were punched in the throat by a group of deluded terrorists in New York, Pennsylvania and DC. Once we arose from that, they wished that they had never drawn our attention.
Now, as we turn 239 we can see the foresight of our founders. The principles of the republic they founded have steadied us through the perpetually shifting sands of history. Now, as always, many challenges lie ahead.
Of the several dozen men who framed the constitution and the dozens more who signed the Declaration of Independence, most or all (depending of varying accounts) were self described Christians. Some whom I would say just barely meet that definition (Jefferson, and a couple of others) still staunchly agreed on the principles recorded in Scripture, if not on some of the historical specifics. The vast majority had preached revivals and were deeply committed to their various Christian denominations. Regardless of labels, they knew the Scriptures and they knew history. They set up this country based on timeless Biblical principles and observation of political systems and social systems from ancient Greece and Rome until their day. They knew what worked and what did not.
Lastly, they passed the torch to us. We continue to carry it. We see the work that has been done beforehand. May we constantly, prayerfully, and diligently continue to be good stewards of the political system that we have inherited. And let us resist all enemies foreign and domestic who seek to shake our foundations.
As nations on this Earth go, we are fairly young. But the system of liberty established by these flawed but Godly men has been the most voluntarily imitated system of government ever. Thanks be to God who gave inspiration to a few to set up a system that has benefited so many.