I was reading a book this morning about our founders that so deeply impacted me, I had to put it down three times to wipe the tears. It’s a beautiful book called America’s God and Country by William Federer. A simple dictionary with quotes from our founding fathers as enough to give me the will to fight for our country.
I’m captivated by it. As I read it, I found myself feeling what they felt. I read little glimpses of love notes from Abigail Adams, the wife of our 2nd president John Adams. John has become one of my favorite founding fathers. I relate to him for some reason. Perhaps it is my love for liberty. Perhaps he was an “extremist” of his day as some have dubbed me. Whatever it is, I am captivated by his speeches.
When I came to the following quote, it stopped me in my tracks. After I shed tears, I could not get to my keyboard fast enough to share it with you and challenge you. It may take you a couple of reads before you can completely see it through the tears, but go ahead and give it a try.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote again to his wife, Abigail, reflecting on what he had shared in Congress and, with prophetic insight, declaring the importance of that day: (America’s God and Country)
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games sports, guns, bells bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which I trust in God we shall not.
We will not surrender our country. We will not give it to those who despise freedom. We will not give it to the godless progressives who have bound themselves in the chains of tyranny. Friends, if we can grasp just a single breath that came from our founders, or capture a stroke of their pen as they documented the journey to freedom, we will win. But we must fight. We must desire liberty more than our next breath. Because the moment our apathy takes the place of that desire, THAT is the day we are bound in chains forever.
God give us the fight of our founders.