From The Pee Dee Baptist Association-Featured this week is Rev. Chris Alderman, the pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church, Little Rock.
“Righteousness Exalteth a Nation…”
…but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) America has just celebrated her 234th birthday. She is here because of God’s power and protection. He raised her up for His glory to further His purpose of sending the Gospel to the ends of the earth. 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. In doing so, they committed an act of treason against the crown. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. We know of Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Hancock, but here are a few of the lesser known signers of the Declaration of Independence. Richard Henry Lee from Virginia said, “Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic.
Let her arise not to devastate and conquer, but to reestablish the reign of peace and law.” As Stephan Hopkins from Rhode Island signed with a shaking pen, he declared, “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.” Francis Lewis, New York delegate, saw his home plundered and destroyed and his wife captured and treated with brutality.
She died from the effects of her abuse. John Hart from Trenton, NJ, couldn’t return home under threat of his life from Great Britain. He got word his wife was gravely ill. He risked everything in an attempt to see her one last time. Hessian soldiers rode after him. At the age of 65, he was on the run sleeping in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. He finally made it home where he found that his wife had already been buried and his 13 children taken away. He died in 1779 a broken man without ever finding his children. Finally, there was Abraham Clark of New Jersey. He gave 2 sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. Both were captured and placed on the British prison hulk afloat in the New York Harbor called ‘Jersey.’ 11,000 American captives would die there. With the end of the war in sight, the British offered him his sons if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man’s heart, the anguish in his soul, must reach to each one of us down through these 234 years as he answered, “No.” Of those 56 who signed, 9 died of wounds or hardships during the war. 5 were captured, imprisoned, and brutally treated. All 56 at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. 12 of them had their homes completely burned. 17 lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected nor recanted. Their honor and their nation they sacrificed so much to create, still intact. One nation under God. Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” The Lord is our only Hope. He is our best Hope. In Him alone is salvation.
Our founding fathers, with sacred honor, gave all they had to the birth of this country.
We are in a fight for the very “soul” of our country. It will take nothing less from each of us to bring her back to God.