15 Reasons July 4th Isn't Just Another Holiday

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July 4th is not just another holiday.

It's much more than a trip to the beach, lake or pool.  It's much more than a picnic in the park or backyard.  This holiday is more than oohing and awing at fireworks displays.

July 4th is about freedom and liberty won and maintained through great personal sacrifice, commitment and faith.

Our independence was won by those who were willing to pay the ultimate price to that you and I could enjoy a holiday such as this.

I feel led to share with you 15 interesting, inspiring and sometimes humorous things about July 4th, our Day of Independence.


1.         Psalm 33:12 says:

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

2.         Patrick Henry said:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!”

3.         George Washington said:

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

The following is a great story about General Washington’s faith in God.

During the dark days of the American Revolution, when the Continental Army had experienced several setbacks, a farmer who lived near the battlefield approached Washington’s camp unheard.

Suddenly his ears caught an earnest voice raised in agonizing prayer. On coming nearer he saw it was the great General, down on his knees in the snow, his cheeks wet with tears. He was asking God for assistance and guidance.

The farmer crept away and returned home. He said to his family, "It’s going to be all right. We are going to win!"

"What makes you think so?" his wife asked. "Well," said the farmer, "I heard General Washington praying out in the woods today—such fervent prayer I have never heard. And God will surely hear and answer that kind of praying." And the farmer was right! It happened. Fervent faith in God brings victory.

4.         John Wayne said:

"Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be."

5.         2 Chronicles 7:14says:

“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

6.         General Omar Bradley said:

"America today is running on the momentum of a godly ancestry, and when that momentum runs down, God help America."

General Bradley also said, "We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount… The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."

7.         Proverbs 14:34 says:

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

8.         Separation of Church And State Has Become Confused Over The Years.

“My County, ‘Tis of Thee" was written by a Baptist minister, Samuel Francis Smith.

The Pledge of Allegiance" was written in 1892 by a Baptist minister, Francis Bellamy.

The words "In God We Trust" are traced to the efforts of Rev. W.R. Watkinson.

Twenty-nine of the fifty-six Signers of the Declaration of Independence had a seminary degree.

9.         President John Quincy Adams said:

"I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, Search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity."

10.       No King But Jesus!

The Colonists grew in their resilience and confidence in God, to the point where one Crown-appointed Governor wrote of the condition to the Board of Trade back in England: "If you ask an American who is his master? He will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ."

The Committees of Correspondence soon began sounding the cry across the Colonies: "No King but King Jesus!"

11.  General Douglas MacArthur

"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."

12.       Abraham Lincoln

In June of 1863, just weeks before the battle of Gettysburg, a college president asked Abraham Lincoln if he thought the country would survive. President Lincoln replied:

 "I do not doubt that our country will finally come through safe and undivided. But do not misunderstand me… I do not rely on the patriotism of our people… the bravery and devotion of the boys in blue… (or) the loyalty and skill of our generals… But the God of our Fathers, Who raised up this country to be the refuge and asylum of the oppressed and the downtrodden of all nations will not let it perish now. I may not live to see it… I do not expect to see it, but God will bring us through safe."

13.       "Under God" and the Pledge of Allegiance

The words "under God” were taken from Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, "…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth…" and were added to the Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954 by a joint resolution of Congress, 243 (Public Law 83-396). (The Pledge was initially adopted by the 79th Congress on December 28, 1945 as Public Law 287.) On June 14, 1954, President Eisenhower signed into law the pledge:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

President Eisenhower gave his support to the Congressional Act, which added the phrase, "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance, saying:

"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war."

President Eisenhower then stood on the steps of the Capitol Building and recited the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time with the phrase, "one nation under God."

14.       Only In America-a humorous look at ourselves

1.         Only in America can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

2.         Only in America are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

3.         Only in America do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4.         Only in America do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

5.         Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our junk in the garage. Hello.

6.         Only in America do we use answering machines to screen calls and have call-waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.

7.         Only in America do we sell hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

15.       Happy Birthday, America and Happy Birthday to my fine wife, Bev.  I love you both with a never-ending, ever-growing passion.