2020-07-04 - God’s Word
Hebrews 11:1-2 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.. This is what the ancients were commended for.
As America will celebrate the Fourth of July soon, our family will continue its tradition of watching the patriotic movie 1776. For approximately thirty years, we have viewed this film which tells the story of how our country was formed, how different concepts were debated, and other things. For many years, we have also done much reading on them. The brave founders literally risked their lives to create a new nation so that we are now free to stand for our beliefs, worship according to our own beliefs instead of the government's, choose our own work and family and more. Many of the Founding Fathers wanted to include the abolishment of slavery (The reason it failed was that unanimous consent was required for independence-related issues.) and had made arrangements to free their own slaves. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin are just some of the names of the many courageous delegates to the early Congress.
The Bible is the written history of the founders of our faith. Hebrews Chapter Eleven is a roll call of these pioneers. Abraham, Sarah, Gideon, Moses, and David are listed as some of the many heroes of the faith.
Are there heroes in your own walk of faith? Perhaps you will think of Sunday School teachers, a wise spiritual mentor, or the person who first led you to Christ.
As you celebrate America with special activities and events this weekend, I hope you also will look at Hebrews 11 and also celebrate the history of our faith.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.