Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
Having focused your attention on our Canada Day celebrations a couple days ago it only seems appropriate to use today's Casual Friday to highlight the 4th of July celebrations happening for our friends in the U.S. today.
I just did a bit of reading about Independence Day on Wikipedia and stumbled onto this quote from John Adams, second President of the United States of America, in a letter to his wife Abigail:
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 more.
According to Wikipedia, "Adams' prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress."
Nevertheless, Adams' note carries with it an interesting challenge for American Christians when he said that Independence Day should be commemorated as a "day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty." May that indeed be the case because we know from Colossians 1:16 that "...by [God] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.
So, on behalf of the whole team here, Happy Independence Day to all of our American friends! And as we sing in our Canadian national anthem, may God keep your land glorious and free as well!