Doubly Blessed

How well do you know your history? See if you can fill in the blanks in the paragraph below. (Answer at the end!) In just two weeks, our country will be celebrating it's ____________ birthday. It was on this day in __(year)_____ that we adopted the _____________________ written by Thomas Jefferson. At this time, the war we call the ___________________________ had been raging since ____(year)_____. This document was a stake in the ground, a formal declaration to the country of ________________ that the __(number)____  American colonies were going to govern themselves. What we often don't realize is how risky it was to sign this piece of paper. Every single one of the ___(number)____ men that put their name on that paper knew that if they lost this fight, they risked being hung for treason. And yet they signed it willingly, knowing that it was something they were willing to die for.

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if these men did not take a stand? Where would our country be today? This was not something our Founding Fathers took lightly. Their focus was not on getting a day off or hot dogs and fireworks! They had something greater in mind.

As believers in America, we have been doubly blessed. First, we are blessed with a heavenly citizenship that was dearly purchased by our Savior. But not only that, we are blessed to live in a country where we have the right to vote and speak our mind.

Unfortunately, we have forgotten much of our history or learn it just to pass the test (that would be me). I'm sure my kids can also rattle off the facts. With the approach of the 4th of July holiday, we have an opportunity to teach and disciple our children on godly patriotism, taking advantage of the freedoms of our country to make a stand for Christ. Unless we do so, our country is on a sliding slope downward as we exclude God from more and more of the fabric of our country.

If you have gotten a little rusty on your American history, don't worry. Below are a couple of links to freshen your memory. Knowing where we've been helps us to think forward to where we are going. History is still being written today. Will we be like our Founding Fathers? Will we be willing to take a stand for what we believe? Will we fervently pray and work towards making our nation a beacon of light to those around us? Will we train our children to be salt in a culture that is slowly decaying? 

I hope you'll take the time to remind yourself of all that God has blessed us with here in America. We have freedom in our nation. We have freedom in Christ.

Then celebrate!

Sites on Revolutionary War and 4th of July history:

History Channel's collection of videos (upper grade school to junior high)

Have Fun with History's Story of Independence video (16 min.) helps link all those stories we know: the Boston Tea Party, "Give me liberty or give me death!", Independence Hall...

Books to read from Apples 4 the Teacher

Here's the text of the Declaration of Independence. Have you read it in its entirety before? If you haven't, do it!

Come back tomorrow for crafts you can do with your kids!

Answers:

In just two weeks, our country will be celebrating it's 236th birthday. It was on this day in 1776 that we adopted the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. At this time, the war we call the American Revolution had been raging since April, 1775. This document was a stake in the ground, a formal declaration to the country of  England that the thirteen American colonies were going to govern themselves. What we often don't realize is how risky it was to sign this piece of paper. Every single one of the 56 men that put their name on that paper knew that if they lost this fight, they risked being hung for treason. And yet they signed it willingly, knowing that it was something they were willing to die for.

How did you do?