Celebrating the 2nd of July… and the 4th of July!
John Adams was one of our nation’s leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence. It was July 1st and 2nd that the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to vote on our independence. Adams wrote a letter to his wife excited about this document and what it would mean for the history and future of America. He assumed it would go down in History as the 2nd of July. However, Congress officially approved the document on the 4th.
Here’s what he writes to his wife, Abigail on July 3, 1776
The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.
One of the important things that Adams highlights is that deliverance and freedom came by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It’s important to recognize that turning towards God and His Word brings people freedom. Throughout the pages of Scripture, we read of a God who loves to set His people free (physically and spiritually), and it seems that the doorway to enter into this freedom is devotion; Committing yourself to the truth of God and His Word.
I pray as you celebrate our independence this July 4th, you are reminded of a God who delights in freedom and desires to see more people experience the life-transforming power that comes from knowing and following Him.