The American Independence Day


Wishing All My American Readers A Blessed 4th July

Seated Right: Thomas Jefferson

The “first” July 4th actually got started two days earlier. Technically speaking, the Thirteen Colonies decided to divorce Great Britain on July 2, 1776. That’s when the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, voted to approve a resolution of independence that Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee had proposed in June. A five-man committee had already been appointed to start drafting a formal statement laying out the reasons behind the separation – mostly written by Thomas Jefferson, the “Declaration of Independence” was formally adopted by Congress two days later, on July 4, 1776.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time (1 Timothy 2:1 – 6).