How High The Price
For Signing The Declaration Of Independence
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants; nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers, or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire, which was done. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home after the war to find his wife dead, his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: «For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.»
From a play presented by the Masons
When the New England colonies were first planted, the settlers endured many privations and difficulties. Being piously disposed, they laid their distresses before God in frequent days of fasting and prayer. Constant meditation upon distress kept their minds gloomy and discontented and made them disposed even to return to their fatherland, with all its persecutions. At length, when it was again proposed to appoint a day of fasting and prayer, a plain, common-sense old colonist rose in the meeting and remarked that he thought they had brooded long enough over their difficulties. He said it seemed high time they should consider some of their mercies; that the colony was growing strong, the fields increasing in harvests, the rivers full of fish, the woods full of game, the air sweet, the climate salubrious, their wives healthful, and their children dutiful; above all, that they possessed what they came for, full civil and religious liberty. On the whole, he would amend the resolution for a fast, and propose in its stead a DAY OF THANKSGIVING. His advice was taken.
Tom M. Olson, in Now
I Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
«First of all, I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.»- Samuel Adams
«I am constrained to express my adoration of the Author of my existence for His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state.»- Robert Treat Paine
«I think it proper here not only to subscribe to the doctrines of the Christian religion, but also, in the bowels of a father’s affection, to exhort and charge my children that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, that the way of life held up in the Christian system is
calculated for the most complete happiness.»- Richard Stockton
«On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts.»- Charles Carroll
«My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!»- Benjamin Rush
«I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; the same in substance, equal in power and glory. That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are a revelation from God and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.»- Roger Sherman
«I shall now entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for there is no salvation in any other (Acts 4:12). If you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever
perish.»- John Witherspoon
«O Most glorious God, I acknowledge and confess my faults, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of the day (1 John 1:9). I have called on Thee for pardon and forgiveness of my sins (Romans 10:13). I have heard thy holy word but with such deadness of spirit that I have been an unprofitable and forgetful hearer. Remember that I am but dust (Psalms 103:14), and remit my transgressions, negligences, and ignorances and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son (Romans 5:19), that those sacrifices which I have offered may be accepted by Thee in (Romans 12:1), and for, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross for me. (Hebrews 10:12)» — George Washington
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Psalms 103:14 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God:
By Chuck Baldwin
August 16, 2002
Conservative Christians have made a significant contribution to our country and to our culture over the past 25 years. Their efforts on behalf of the pro-life and pro-family causes have at times been courageous and commendable. However, the so-called Religious Right has a glaring blind spot: it seems absolutely oblivious to the loss of personal liberties and national independence.
Issues such as state sovereignty, constitutional government, and personal freedom seem to never appear on the radar screen of the Religious Right. Beyond that, it seems that most Christians actually support the breakdown of those constitutional protections articulated in America’s Bill of Rights.
When President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft team up with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton to pass Orwellian-style federal programs such as the USA Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Department, and many other police state policies, conservative Christians sit mute and dumb. It is as if the loss of personal freedom means nothing to them. America’s Christians today seem to have no resemblance whatsoever to our great Christian forefathers who fought and died to give this country liberty and independence.
It must be remembered that the vast majority of the men and women who fought against the Crown back in 1776 were Christians. They were people who regarded liberty as a sacred gift of God and were willing to resist any despot who sought to trample their freedoms.
George Washington is quoted as saying, «What separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is that he would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.» Benjamin Franklin declared, «Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.» The theme «No King But Jesus» rang throughout the colonies during America’s fight for independence.
However, the spirit of resistance seems totally lost to America’s Christians today. They cavalierly equate humble submission to lawful authority with cowardly compliance to unlawful authority. They seem to have forgotten that the church was birthed in a baptism of resistance to unlawful authority.
Simon Peter declared, «We must obey God rather than men.» Christians of the early church were branded as outlaws and criminals by oppressive governments for refusing to submit to their tyrannical laws. As a result, thousands of them paid for their faith with their own blood, being regarded by government leaders as recalcitrant rebels.
How is it that today’s Christian leaders have allowed themselves to be silenced? Why are Christian people today weak-kneed and sheepish in their resistance to unbiblical laws? How can they allow a Republican or a Democrat Caesar to usurp the authority of Jesus Christ in their lives? How has it happened that Christians in this country have become so cowardly?
Somehow, pastors and Christian leaders have allowed themselves to be duped by a false faith-system that demands unquestioned submission to political authority. Instead of standing boldly and confidently on the principle of Christ’s headship over their lives, they have become willing servants of corrupt political despots.
For all the good religious conservatives have accomplished, this blind spot stands out as a huge and monstrous weakness. Predictably, it is a weakness that is being aggressively exploited by politicians in both parties who seek to undo the legacy of our Christian forebears.
SOMEONE FINALLY SAID IT.
This was sent by a 78 yr. old former nun. The thoughts are pure and we all understand the point….
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
There are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand.
First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the «American Way» has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam…
We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society — learn our language!
«In God We Trust» is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan — it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.
God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis, and for leadership in our lives. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him.
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose.
If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. Like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom: THE RIGHT TO LEAVE!
Another thing: To those who do complain about the usage of words like ‘God’ and ‘American’ and speaking the language of our great nation, TRY GOING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND SPEAK AGAINST WHAT YOU DON’T LIKE. YOU WILL MORE THAN LIKELY END UP JAILED OR EVEN KILLED.
In America, you take your right to complain for granted. The more patriotism that is removed from where our children are taught, the less our children will learn about what it is to be an American and our nation’s spirit will slowly be killed.
Keep patriotism alive.