July 4th, What is Independence About?

When my granddaughter Megan was 8 years old and just completed 2nd grade, her mom asked her about the Fourth of July and if she knew what it was about. Megan said it was about fireworks.  Pressing the issue further, it became apparent that Megan had been taught absolutely nothing about July 4th or American independence. My daughter called me and asked if I would be willing to spend some time with Megan and teach her about American independence and the history of our nation.

A couple of days later, I had the opportunity to talk to Megan and ask her what they taught her in school about America.  She told me that they had taught her a little about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but mostly they taught her all about President Obama and how great he is. When I heard what the public schools had been teaching our children and grandchildren, I was angry and yet at the same time, I almost wanted to cry.

I pushed the subject a little further and asked Megan if they taught her anything about why the Pilgrims came to America or why we fought the British in the Revolutionary War and she looked at me like I had been asking about quantum physics.  What I did find out was that she had been taught about globalism and how we should all be working together to save the planet.

This really got me thinking about Deuteronomy 6:4-15.

4“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10“And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. 14You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— 15forthe LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God— lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

Verses 4 thru 9 instruct us to teach God’s Word to our children in such a fashion that they are with them always.  In verses 10 thru 15, we are told not to forget the God that brought us into the Promised Land and not to go after other gods.

America has become the Promised Land over the past 250 years.  Reading our TRUE history, it becomes readily apparent that God led the Pilgrims out of the bondage of the religious tyranny they were under in the various European countries and into the wilderness of colonial America.  And in that history we see that as long as they worshipped the Lord God as their God and followed His statutes that God continued to bless our nation.

Yet as we see today, the nation has turned away from God and His statutes and He is now turning His wrath and judgment against us.  Our nation is following after other gods, the gods of atheism, hedonism, socialism, evolutionism and environmentalism.

That led me to Psalm 78 which speaks about the Israelites in the wilderness with Moses who in less than one generation, turned away from God and were subsequently destroyed.  They saw God’s miracles of the parting of the Red Sea, being led by the cloud during the day and pillar of fire by night, the manna and quail and the water coming out of the rock, and yet they forsook their heritage and upbringing.

With scripture in mind, I realized that since Megan’s dad was not part of her life, that it was my responsibility to teach her about God’s Word and about our promised land – America.  It is my duty to carry out Deut. 6 and not the public schools.  This is a duty that I am taking seriously and am looking forward to.

Have you ever asked your children if they understood what July 4th was all about or if they knew America’s Christian history?  Have you ever sat down with them and read Deut. 6 or Psalm 78 and showed them how that relates to America?

I challenge all of you to make this July 4th weekend a special one and teach your children what it is all about.  Teach them about the Pilgrims and why they came to America.  Tell them about the thousands of men and women who sacrificed so much to win our independence.