We’ve all heard, “Those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it.” It seems to me that if this adage is true, perhaps we are the most likely civilization in the world to confirm it in our lifetime. With all of the modern advancements in science, technology and social economics, many believe that we don’t need the archaic ideas of our primitive fathers.
I recently read an article entitled Remembering Independence Day. Here is an excerpt: Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. The homes of twelve of them were ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War… Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
The article goes on to tell how several of these patriots died as a result of their unbending determination to establish a free and independent nation. Some of their stories would bring tears to your eyes.
So, what’s to learn from these die hard statesmen? How about the price of freedom! These men and women loved liberty more than life and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we now hold so loosely. Why loosely? Because, “Those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it.” Resolved: As we celebrate our independence, let’s take another look at that old price tag.
You should also know that, in addition to our national independence, God offers freedom from sin and hell. It was purchased for you by the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. This could be a double celebration of freedom, if you like! The choice is yours–for now.