Some Thoughts on Independence Day

Here’s a brief historical sketch of the happenings on July 4th, 1776 (from Wikipedia):

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule.

There’s so much more to add, but I do want to briefly mention that one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence was clergyman John Knox Witherspoon, a descendant of the faithful Scottish reformer, John Knox. As a clergyman myself, I’m thankful for Witherspoon’s contribution and participation in shaping the ideas of liberty and rights. I’m actually reading through some of his works right now in honor of Independence Day. He believed that a threat against civil liberty corresponded directly with religious liberty. It was necessary to safeguard these rights from tyrants who wished to impose upon man’s liberty and worship. These rights were inextricably linked. 

One of the reasons I’m running for Nampa City Council is to help safeguard the rights we possess from nature and nature’s God. I’m thankful for the privilege of even running for office and seeking the consent of those whom I’d represent. These ideas weren’t always so. It required deep courage and conviction from our founding fathers to realize the dream of liberty from the nightmare of tyranny. 

I included a picture at the top from my visit to Indpedence Hall, where it all started. It’s a special place in our country’s founding. My grandpa fought in WWII. My dad went to Vietnam. My mother came from South Korea to pursue opportunity. My wife came from Laos pursuing liberty and safety. My family includes those who served and those who came, all because the U.S.A. is exceptional. And what makes us exceptional is our ideals and ideas. 

We will only be great when we are faithful to the vision of those who came before us, who handed down to us this great American experiment. It has served us well. May we be faithful to preserve that which paves the way forward for our children and children’s children.  Happy Independence Day!

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