I heard a line in a movie recently: “Geography is destiny.” The place in which we are born – the country in which we live, largely determines our destiny. I’ve thought about that a lot. After having traveled to more than 45 countries and seeing how some of the rest of the world lives, it seems there is a lot of truth to the statement. But God ~

While I am grateful to have been born in the United States of America, I am extremely proud of the military service of many family members and friends, and I am thankful for the blessings of my “destiny” – I am first and foremost a believer in Jesus Christ. That makes me more a citizen of the world and more important, a member of the body of Christ and His kingdom.

After reading many histories about our country and how it came to be, I am amazed at the courage, the integrity and the sacrifice of its founders. This excerpt is from Paul Harvey’s book, “Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor.”

“In Independence Hall in Philadelphia, leaders from each of the 13 colonies assembled. On June 11 [1776] a committee sat down to draw up a declaration of independence. King George denounced all rebels in America as traitors. Punishment for treason was hanging. Fifty six men signed the pledge. Each of them knew when they signed, that they were risking – everything.

They knew if they won this fight, the best they could expect would be years of hardship in a struggling nation. If they lost, they would face a hangman’s rope. But they signed the pledge.
Of the fifty six, few survived long.

Five were captured by the British and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes, from Rhode Island to Charleston, sacked, looted, occupied by the enemy, or burned.

Two lost their sons in the army. One had two sons captured.

Nine of the fifty-six died in the war, from its hardships or from its more merciful bullets.
These were not poor men. They were rich men, most of them, who had lived in comfort. They were wealthy landowners, secure in their holdings.

But they considered liberty so much more important than security. And this is what they pledged:
‘For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.’ “

Looking back with pride and gratitude – looking forward with hope and trust.



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