On July 4, 1776, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence. In response to this momentous declaration of the united colonies’ separation from Great Britain, John Adams wrote these insightful words in a letter to his wife concerning the remembrance of this day, now known as Independence Day:

“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, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

As the United States of America celebrates Independence Day on July 4, it is worth noting the nation was founded upon the idea that God created human beings to be free. The Declaration of Independence states that people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This week we will celebrate another birthday of our great nation.  We celebrate 244 years as a free country.  This year your celebration may be different than it was in previous years because of Covid-19 but we must remember that we are a blessed nation.  Yes, there are issues that divide us, yet the fact remains that we have freedom and we are free to worship God as we choose.  I have traveled to many other countries in my life, and in each of these situations it has reminded me of how blessed we really are as a nation.  There was not one of those other countries where I wanted to stay.  We have a great Nation.  

When I look around and listen to the news it is difficult not to be discouraged about the situations that we face today in our nation.  I am reminded of the passage,  2 Chronicles 7:14  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

The freedom that we as Christians have in Christ, gives us the greatest power available to man. That is the power of Prayer.  We know that prayer changes things.  As Christians we must seek God and lift our nation up in prayer.   We must pray for our leaders.  I believe that this year as we celebrate our freedom, that we celebrate on our knees asking God to forgive our sins and to heal our land. 

Join us as we worship together this Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 am or on live stream at 11:00 am.


Dan Harrison About Dan Harrison

Dan joined the staff of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in March of 2009 following his time with The First Baptist Church of Paris, Texas. He is a native Floridian and enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hiking, and gardening. His passion is church work and his favorite verse from scripture is Jeremiah 29:10-12, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.