Dear Editor:

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12, NKJV)

When the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, there was great joy and enthusiasm in the American colonies! (minus the loyalists and British Army, of course.) John Adams, one of the signers and future president of this new republic, penned these prophetic words to his wife Abigail: The day on which the Declaration was passed “…..will be the most memorable…in the history of America. I am apt to believe 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 illumination from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” (John Adams, “The Light and the Glory, p. 130)

Most of those activities have been going on for 245 years, but lately, it seems that there are those who want to belittle or downplay just what a magnificent document the Declaration is, and what a singularity extraordinary country it helped spawn. Now is the time for all Americans to stand up and celebrate what a truly momentous day July Fourth stands for, and celebrate it with fervor and thankfulness to our God for raising this country up to be a lighthouse to the world for freedom, and an shining example of the sovereignty of God!

“‘Blessed be the name of God forever and forever, For His wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.’” (Daniel 2:20-21)

Patrick Rivette

Canton

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Jimmy Nomayo

While Jefferson was a firm theist, the God in which he believed was not the traditional Christian divinity. Jefferson rejected the notion of the Trinity and Jesus’ divinity. He rejected Biblical miracles, the resurrection, the atonement, and original sin (believing that God could not fault or condemn all humanity for the sins of others, a gross injustice).10 In neither the eighteenth century nor today would most people consider a person with those views a “Christian.” 1.

1. Monticello.org. (n.d.). Monticello. Jefferson's Religious Beliefs. https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/jeffersons-religious-beliefs.

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