2019-07-05 - Founding Fathers of Our Faith and Country
Genesis 12:1(NIV) he LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”
On the day that we in the United States celebrate our country’s beginning, we look back at our founding fathers. These men risked their lives to start this great country.
Very similarly to our current President who went from mansions to the White House and who gives away every paycheck, George Washington left a comfortable and economically successful life to lead the Revolutionary Army, in a desperate war against a strong opponent. And after leading his army to victory, he took the reins of civilian leadership with modesty and humility.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. The signers of that document risked their very lives for their beliefs. Some today do no appreciate how very precarious their futures were, When they signed this document splitting the new nation off from King George, they were risking charges of treason and death.
As Christians, we can look back at the founding fathers of our faith too. Abraham left his home, to follow God’s command to go to a new place. He went on a journey, not knowing what would happen or where he was going.
Moses was told by God to lead the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt. Moses had to confront the Pharaoh. Just like Washington’s Army and the signers of the Declaration of Independence, he did so at great personal risk. Moses ended up leading the nation of Israel on a forty year journey to the Promised Land.
David, just a young shepherd boy, faced Goliath in an epic battle. Against tremendous odds, David defeated the giant. David’s son, Solomon, led the Hebrews with the greatest intellect known in history.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we should thank God for our Founding Fathers. And as Christians, we should also express thanks for those who played a vital role in our religious heritage. We would not be here today with our religious freedom, if not for our founding fathers.
Richard Moser, Jr