WHY DO YOU CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY?
by Brother Gregory Williams
July 8, 2010
On the 4th of July 1826, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died.
Exactly when the Republic they cared about died is hard to define.
One reason for this difficulty is because republics don’t really die from anything but neglect and neglect is not something we “do” but something “we fail” to do.
Pure republics are the only real government of the people, by the people, and for the people, because it is the only form of government that rests entirely in the power and liberty of the people and their right to choose for themselves.
What bound the people together in early America was not Constitutions or social contracts granting power to men to exercise authority one over the other, but it was the hardships and trials of settling an often hostile wilderness and the acceptance of the responsibility for one self, family and community. The voluntary application of that responsibility in charity, duty and sacrifice by members of a free society in order to survive and prosper is essential.
To provide for your family was part of the foundational and precepts of Israel and early Christianity, but caring for your neighbor’s needs through voluntary charity was the essence of pure religion.
Millions struggled and died in an attempt to settle this land and create a viable republic of free souls under God. Representatives of the united colonies on July 6, 1775 explained the purpose of that long struggle with, “Our forefathers, inhabitants of the island of Great Britain, left their native land, to seek on these shores a residence for civil and religious freedom.”