I heard a sermon in church yesterday that reiterated the truth that true freedom is found in Jesus Christ alone. Dependence on God and obedience to His word along with self government allows a people to experience the greatest amount of freedom. Freedom is not doing what we want. Freedom is living responsibly with the bounds of God-given laws, which our nation was founded upon.
So what happened to those who wanted this kind of freedom? There are variations in writings on the subject, but here are a few I found especially interesting and sobering.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. His home on Long Island was destroyed by British calvary in the fall of 1776. Mrs. Lewis was captured by the British but was eventually released in exchange for a British officer's wife. Mrs. Lewis died two years after her release. Altoghether, eleven signers had their homes and property destroyed.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died of exhaustion and a broken heart. Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Nelson's house is still standing at Yorktown and there are cannonballs embedded in its east wall.
Take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July Holiday and thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember Freedom is never free!
May God help us to live our lives worthy of what so many have given their lives for....the privilege of governing ourselves within principles of truth so we wouldn't have to be governed by oppressive rulers.