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July 2, 2011

Freedom Has A Price

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The American Revolutionary War, or the American War of Independence, was the revolt of the 13 American colonies against Great Britain. Great Britain refused to allow representation by the colonies, and a boycott of British goods resulted. The colonists were then considered traitors and in rebellion, and British troops were sent to America.

The American colonies responded in 1776 by formally declaring their independence as one new nation–the United States of America–claiming their own sovereignty. Thus the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. The document announced that the thirteen American colonies were now independent states, and thus no longer part of the British Empire. The birth of America!

One of the best sentences ever written, I believe, is part of this declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Certainly this is a purpose statement for America.

There were 56 men who signed this declaration. These courageous men signed and pledged their lives. Their commitment would be costly. They paid a price for their leadership. Following the execution of this document, five of the signers were captured and killed by the British as traitors. Twelve of them had their homes ransacked and burned; two of them lost sons serving in the Revolutionary War, and another signer had two of his sons captured; some of these men personally fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War; and several of them fled their homes, hiding their families, living in caves and the wilderness. The majority of the signers died in poverty and bankrupt.

 These signers certainly paid a price to launch a free nation. This brief review enforces to us that freedom is never free. Throughout the history of this great nation, men and women have paid a price to preserve and protect our freedom. Certainly we are thankful for all these patriots.

It is for our generation to preserve our freedoms for the generations to come. We must capture and adhere to the spirit of our forefathers that expressed, ” . . . with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence . . . .” The source of all freedom–national and personal–is the Lord God! With Him as the sovereign power, there will always be freedom! Our personal responsibility for freedom is to be subject unto the One who is the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all.

 “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”  (Romans 9:16) “He was given authority, glory, and sovereign power.” (Daniel 7:14) “The nations will favor the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.” (Psalm 102:15)

Related blog:  The Choice of a Nation,



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