Dare 2B Daring - July 04, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Kings will be tyrants by policy when subjects are rebels from principle.” – Edmund Burke
Today, we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of American independence. But independence from whom?
Not only did the Declaration of Independence sever the ties between the 13 colonies and Great Britain, but also the ties between King George III and his American subjects.
In fact, the Declaration contains a list of 27 distinct grievances the colonists had against King George. They begin with the following words: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”
Thomas Jefferson then went on to cite each individual grievance, some in great detail. In summary, what Jefferson was saying is that the colonists wanted the right of self-determination. They had grown weary of being told what to do and how to do it by a tyrannical king who lived an ocean away. And yes, they were more than a little tired of paying exorbitant taxes for the “privilege” of being British subjects.
In other words, the American patriots had principles and they were willing to fight to the death for them. All of which begs the question: for what principles are you willing to fight… and possibly die?
Hopefully, your faith, your family and your country top that list. They do mine.
Meanwhile, amidst the food, family and fireworks today, be sure to do two things. First, thank God for the men who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor that we might be a free and independent nation. Second, thank God that He is a benevolent and loving Father, instead of a tyrannical dictator like King George III.
Happy Independence Day!
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President