Glenn Beck wrote: "...the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776...233 short years ago, a small group of men dedicated themselves to a higher purpose, an ideal they believed in so greatly, they signed their name to its expression and in doing so put their very lives at risk.
"...56 men stood in direct defiance of the British government. They became marked men, and willingly so...
"Five were capatured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground. Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and two more had sons captured. Nine fought and died in the Revolutionary War.
"Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners. They were well educated, smart enough to know that by signing the Declaration of Independence, they were signing their own death warrants. They did it anyway, and God bless them for it.
"As we enjoy our liberty on this 4th of July...or any day... In the words of the Signers themselves, "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor...
"The Signers asked for nothing in return for their pledge, but I say that we show our thanks with a pledge of our own: To remember, to be grateful, and to carry on in their spirit. America is the greatest country this world has ever and will ever know..." End of Glenn Beck quote.
The "divine providence" was that there be a free country for the Restoration of the Gospel to take place. I want to pursue this in a future blog.
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.