Friday, July 3, 2009

Not Just Another Secular American Holiday

"The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."

George Washington

Many major websites and encyclopedias identify the Fourth of July as "America's biggest secular holiday," and the dictionary defines "secular" as "pertaining to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred." However, the actual events leading up to America's birthday were anything but secular.

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July:

Here's some ideas from WallBuilders

  1. Take time to honor and thank God on the Fourth – make it a day celebrated "with solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty." (as recommended by John Adams)
  2. Read the Declaration of Independence. Knowing the reasons for our founding is no less important today than it was 233 years ago.
  3. This is a flag-waving time of the year, so review the fascinating account surrounding Francis Scott Key's writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. You can view a 7-minute video of that inspiring narrative, or download it to show at your church next Sunday.
  4. Read John Quincy Adams' famous 1837 Fourth of July oration.

This post is taken from an email I received from WallBuilders. Great site for learning the true history of our great nation. I could not find this article on their extensive site, please know that is where this post came from.

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