Category Archive: Just Thinking

Why Atheistic Scientists Believe in the Virgin Birth

We must believe in the Virgin Birth.

~ R. Albert Mohler, Jr.[1]

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A New York Times columnist disparaged Christians for their belief in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, whose Incarnation we celebrate at Christmas. He wrote:

The faith in the Virgin Birth reflects the way American Christianity is becoming less intellectual and more mystical over time…

~ Nicholas Kristof[2]

Did you catch that? He asserted that Christians are less intellectual and more mystical than he because we disagree with his skepticism. This cynic indicated that this tenet of the Christian faith – the Virgin Birth, or the Incarnation of God the Son in human flesh – was so impossible that only the more stupid could believe it.

His affront failed to acknowledge that …

These men and women of whom I speak aren’t Christians. They’re atheists and agnostics. They oppose belief in any deity. The academic circles that Mr. Kristof most likely esteems consider these same proponents of virginal birth to be the wisest of the wise. The cream of the crop among leaders with his same anti-Christian agenda.

  • These virgin-birth believers represent every field of science.

Evolutionists. Darwinists. Physicists. Chemists. Biologists. Geneticists. Cosmologists. Anthropologists. Mathematicians. Historians. Philosophers.

Every field of science.

  • And, again, they’re not Christians – they’re atheists.

The virgin birth that they believe in is what they espouse as spontaneous generation. They believe that life spontaneously erupted from non-life – or in simple terms, a virgin birth.

  • It requires faith to believe in a virgin birth.

Just ask some of these best-known scientists. Here is what some of them have said:

 

One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are – as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.

~ George Wald, Harvard University biochemist, and Nobel Laureate, 1954

 

The reasonable view was to believe in spontaneous generation; the only alternative, to believe in a single, primary act of supernatural creation. There is no third position. For this reason many scientists a century ago chose to regard the belief in spontaneous generation as a “philosophical necessity”… Most modern biologists, having reviewed with satisfaction the downfall of the spontaneous generation hypothesis, yet unwilling to accept the alternative belief in special creation, are left with nothing…

I concede the spontaneous generation of life to be “impossible.”[4]

~ George Wald

Life began three and a half billion years ago, necessarily about as simple as it could be, because life arose spontaneously from the organic compounds in the primeval oceans.[5]

~ Stephen Jay Gould, Harvard University, paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

We can assume that somehow in the primeval soup we got collections of molecules that became self-replicating; and I don’t think we need any miraculous or mysterious [explanation].[6]

~ Peter Singer, Princeton University, bioethics and moral philosopher, leading atheist

 

. . . the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.[7]

~ Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge, theoretical physicist and cosmologist

  • It requires more faith to believe in a natural than a supernatural virgin birth.

George Wald made a correct assessment. People either believe in a Creator, or they have to believe in the virgin birth of nature. There’s no other alternative.

Even more, there’s no scientific evidence that substantiates the virgin birth of nature, called spontaneous generation, can or did occur. The reverse is actually true: scientific evidence exists from the days of Louis Pasteur that prove spontaneous generation can’t occur. And yet scientists still believe in it simply because they can’t (and won’t) acknowledge a Sovereign Creator God.

Everyone this has a choice: believe in the virgin birth of nature or believe in a Creator. Each position requires us to place faith in the one we choose.

  • I believe in the virgin birth wrought by God.

If God can create the universe, He can cause a virgin to carry the Christ Child. If He can bring about the Incarnation of the Messiah, then He can redeem those who place their trust in His redemptive work. If God exists (and I know He does), He can certainly rise from the dead. If He can rise from the dead, then I know I can believe in the Eternal Life He offers to those who call upon Him for salvation and Lordship.

  • That’s why I believe in the virgin birth of Christ.

I don’t believe in the atheistic spontaneous generation theory, which science has already debunked. And it takes less faith for me to believe in all-sovereign Lord who is willing and capable of sending a Redeemer via a virgin birth.

  • The wisest of mankind still seek Him.

The wisest scientists of Jesus’ day – the Magi – also believed in this Savior. That’s why they traversed across hazardous terrain to worship at His feet.

And today those who are truly wise will do the same.

 

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

~ Matthew 1:22-23, NKJV

 

In which virgin birth will you place your faith?

 


[1] R. Albert Mohler, Jr, “Must We Believe in the Virgin Birth?” 12/22/2010, http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/12/22/must-we-believe-the-virgin-birth-4/, retrieved on 12/04/2013.

[2] Nicholas D. Kristof, “Believe It, or Not,” The New York Times, 08/15/2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/15/opinion/believe-it-or-not.html, retrieved 12/07/2013.

[3] Vince Vitale, “Which Virgin Birth?”, January 03, 2013, http://www.rzim.org/a-slice-of-infinity/which-virgin-birth/, retrieved on 12/04/2013.

[4] George Wald, “The Origin of Life,” Scientific American August, 1954: 44, 47.

[5] “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” November 26, 1996, retrieved 12/07/2013.

[6] Peter Singer, “Is There a God?” Melbourne, Australia. 21 July 2011.

[7] Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design (New York: Bantam, 2010), 180.

Do We Know Why Christmas Precedes Judgment Day?

How can we expect people to understand Christ’s Second Coming if they don’t yet know the reason for His First Coming?

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A doomsday prophet always has a thankless job. No one wants to listen to him. Who wants to think about pain and misery, death and destruction? No one, right?

Take, for example, the 2013 blockbuster, Man of Steel. Modern-day moviegoers see the frustration of Jor-el, Superman’s father, at the beginning of the film. He warns of Krypton’s imminent destruction, but the ruling council ignores what are obvious signs to the viewing audience – judgment day is at hand.

  • A skeptical world doesn’t always acknowledge its need for a hero.

This is a recurring theme in superhero sagas. There’s Sinestro standing alone in the 2011 flick, Green Lantern. Even the god of thunder didn’t heed Odin’s portent in another 2011 production, Thor. Selfish people just don’t want to hear it.

  • In our world, we’d rather live it up.

In biblical times, Noah found this to be true; so did Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. Even Jonah found that he had a poorer reception among his fellow kinsmen than he got from the Ninevites.

  • And this we learn at an early age.

Take, for example, the 1994 Disney animation, The Lion King. What was the catchphrase we remember from that movie? It was Timon and Pumbaa’s theme song about their outlook on life, and it went like this:

It’s our problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata.

Hakuna matata is a Swahili phrase meaning no worries.

  • We long for no worries as we live like we want.

I traveled on a mission trip to Jamaica once. It was a gorgeous island with beautiful people, but there was a lot of poverty and need. That’s why we went there. People trekked over mountainous terrain on jungle paths during the hottest season just to see a doctor.

We had to depend on local volunteers to help. They smiled and expressed eagerness to lend a hand … but on their timetable. We learned very quickly that Jamaican time meant four or five hours later than promised.

Bobby McFerrin’s hit song even made their mentality famous:

Don’t worry, be happy …

  • Such laissez-faire attitudes are common today.

We’ve adopted what the Beatles sang: Let it be, which is what laissez-faire means. We just want to do as we please and celebrate the holidays like we want because in our minds Christmas is all about us any way.

  • We have forgotten why the Son of God came in the first place.

He didn’t come to teach us to be good. He didn’t come to give us our wish list. He didn’t come to deck the halls with boughs of holly or to sing Christmas carols. He didn’t even come to tell us who was naughty and who was nice.

  • He already knew we all were naughty.

A holy God knows that everyone has sinned and has fallen short of His glory. It was true before the first Christmas. It’s true for this Christmas as well. It’s true of every day since the Garden of Eden. We have to acknowledge our need for a Savior because without Him we’re doomed to eternal judgment – just like what we see in the superhero sagas. We have to recognize that mankind’s Judgment Day is at hand.

  • We mustn’t become like the prophet Lot.

Lot chose to pitch his tents near Sodom and Gomorrah. He became a judge among the Sodomites and probably tried to rule as righteously as he could. The problem was that he allowed his environment to corrupt him. He came to live like all the other sinners around him did. And the Bible tells us how that turned out – more than chestnuts roasted over an open fire in those cities.

  • We must be diligent to remember the Reason for the season.

This is especially true for Christians. Jesus came to suffer the penalty for our naughty sins. It was, is, and forever will be the greatest gift we could want or receive – the true Reason for the season.

  • Because Judgment Day will soon come, we have to proclaim:

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

~ Luke 2:11, NKJV

Do you see any other hope for our world?

There’s No Second to Lose

 

 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye … we shall be changed.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:52, KJV[1]

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Auburn fans have a new query of their Alabama rivals: Hey, got a second? They’re referring, of course, to the 2013 Iron Bowl, where one second remained on the clock when the Crimson Tide attempted a game-winning field goal. The kick fell short, and Chris Davis of Auburn returned the ball 109 yards for a game-winning score.

  • The fortunes of two teams changed in that one moment.

The play’s outcome dashed Alabama’s hopes of a third consecutive national championship. It created bedlam in Auburn because it elevated their chances of achieving their third national championship. Another answered prayer in Jordan-Hare!

  • This rivalry has produced many such legendary moments.

No Tiger fan forgets the 1972 Iron Bowl, known as Punt, Bama, Punt. No Tide rooter neglects Van Tiffin’s last second kick in the 1985 classic. Every fanatic remembers Patrick Nix’s 1993 touchdown heave to preserve Auburn’s perfect season under first year head coach, Terry Bowden. But, the Crimson crusaders point to Roy Upchurch’s score in the last ninety seconds of the ballgame to preserve Alabama’s journey toward their thirteenth national championship in 2009.

  • Alabamians are passionate about their favorite school.

Such loyalties divide the state – even families. That’s what makes the Iron Bowl so intriguing every year. It’s first and foremost in the minds of everyone on game-day … and all year.

  • But the game isn’t lost or won on one play.

There are always many opportunities to win and to lose in every game. A dropped ball here. A missed block there. Broken tackles everywhere. Every coach’s decisions and every player’s actions impact the outcome every year, with this year being no different.

  • This is how it is in life.

The decisions and actions we take every day impact who we are and what we become. Such choices not only affect us, but also influence the outcome of others’ lives. The roads we take have ramifications far beyond football.

  • Any second’s decision has eternal consequences.

There are only two teams in the winner-takes-all battle of life: those who’ve placed their faith in the atoning salvation offered by Christ Jesus and those who have not. The Lord settled the outcome of that conflict two thousand years ago when He rose from the grave victorious over death and hell.

  • His return will occur in less than a second.

And when He comes back, He knows who’s on His team. Those who believe in His redemption will join Him and will be forever changed; those who don’t will be lost – forever chained to their judgment. No last second reprieves will happen then.

None of us should let another second go by without making sure we’re part of the Savior’s Glory Days to come in Heaven. We should recruit, recruit, and recruit others to Christ’s team – and give the greatest effort possible in every situation, with every person.

  • Eternity’s in every moment; everyone’s outcome, in every second.

We just need to live like that’s true, and be as passionate about it as we are about the Iron Bowl.

  • We should live like there’s no second to lose … because there isn’t.

Got a second? Consider this:

Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last forever.

~ C. S. Lewis

 

Are you on the winning team? If not, here’s how to join.


The Graceful Beekeeper

“I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey … “

~ Exodus 3:8, HCSB

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God covenanted with Israel that He’d give them a land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord would only pledge such if He had already provided that property with what He promised.

  • But to experience God’s promises, they had to trust God first.

The Israelites were slaves. They had to garner the faith that He’d save them.

  • The Lord gave them ample evidence of His faithfulness.

The Lord freed them from their bondage by judging the sins of those who opposed His will. Only those He saved through the plagues did He enable to experience the blessings He promised. He did so with many signs of His holiness, grace, and truth.

  • They had to believe that the same God would fulfill His promises.

But that’s not what happened. Even those He rescued through miracles failed to believe in what He willingly provided. Almost all rebelled and never got to see God’s full faithfulness to them.

  • Those who did saw God’s grace.

Not only did God demonstrate grace in saving them, His grace also provided His people with the land flowing with milk and honey. Just as they hadn’t merited their salvation, they did nothing to create such provisions.

What they found in Palestine was that the bees had already produced the honey God promised them. The Lord had ordained that the bees provide for them. And they did.

Just as the people of God had done nothing to produce the honey with which He blessed them, they had committed no acts of righteousness to save themselves either.

If He we can trust Him to give us blessings such as honey, then we can trust Him for salvation as well. If we believe He saved us, then we should have faith that He will provide for us as well.

 

If God has saved us, what other blessings does He have in store for us?

The Promised Land

“I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey … “

~ Exodus 3:8, HCSB

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Day after day, the slaves labored for their taskmasters in the hot Egyptian sun. Rags for clothes. Lashes for tattoos. Thirst and hunger instead of nourishment. This was the life each one experienced under the tyrannical rule of the pharaohs.

For as long as any of them could remember, it was this way. There was an ancient rumor of a distant land filled with plenty, but none of them had ever seen it. Most doubted its existence.

  • Then, one day a forgotten man spoke of a place past recall.

Moses was a fugitive – a condemned man thought lost to oblivion. He’d somehow survived the barren wilderness. He stood before them a changed man, and he verbalized foolishness to those enslaved.

  • The God of their forefathers had appeared to him.

Most of the Israelites had lost faith in this God because they believed He had forsaken them. Instead, they labored constructing monstrosities to pagan deities who looked down upon their plight with pleasure. To them, the Egyptian gods held the power of life and death over them. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was unfamiliar.

  • But Moses claimed this God had made an unbelievable promise.

The Lord planned to deliver them from slavery. And He did. Although the congregation didn’t have faith in Him at first, God performed miracle after miracle to set His people free.

  • Even so, His provision went beyond freedom.

The Lord vowed to lead them to a new home. Not just any territory though. He covenanted with them to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.

  • And that is exactly what He furnished.

God bestowed upon these slaves something they couldn’t have dreamed of ever possessing. He didn’t necessarily give them wealth as much as He gave them what they needed to live the life He had called them to live before Him and before others.

 

What blessings has God given to you?

A Busy Bee-liever

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.

~ John Chyrsostom

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Growing up in the rural South, my brothers and I lived outdoors. The Atari games were around, but we didn’t own one. Instead, we ran around shirtless and barefoot in the yard wearing cut-off jeans.

We’d find ways to entertain ourselves for hours: swimming in the creek, playing any kind of ball we could, riding bikes… We were adventurers, exploring all of nature that we could in our little world.

It was a promised land to us, like one flowing with milk and honey.

  • We never wanted to go inside the house.

That was boring. Do you hear me? B-O-R-R-R-I-N-G!

For food, we scavenged off the land, picking, berries, apples, muscadines, quince, and plums. We gulped warm water from a hose, or cooler refreshment from a well – depending on whose house we thirsted at.

  • One of our favorite pastimes was collecting bees.

My grandparents’ property had large blooming plants – hydrangeas, snowball bushes, and the like. Their yard attracted bees like no other; theirs was a great hunting ground for us, the miniature beekeepers.

  • We’d make homes for our prized captures.

We transformed old Golden Eagle Syrup jars into glass menageries by punching holes in the tops. We furnished them with flowers and old honeycombs. And we bumbled around with our makeshift hives for the rest of the day.

  • At dusk, we’d have to let the bees get back to work.

Our grandparents made us release them so the honey-makers could go home by the light of the honey moon.

I never was sure that they made us let the buzzers go for noble reasons. I believed it was more to prevent us from bringing them into the house, wanting to avoid an angry stinger’s fury.

God created the bees to help mankind produce crops – even more to make the honey we poured on Grandma’s homemade buttered biscuits. That’s why bees constantly buzzed around. They were hard at work to fulfill God’s call on their lives. And part of their work helped us.

  • There’s no such thing as a lazy bee.

These insects never stopped fulfilling what God created them to do.

Now, as I watch them zip from one flower to another, I have to ask myself if I am busy doing what God’s called me to do. Do I worship God through serving others, or am I just busy as a bee hoarding my own honey?

 

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

~ Colossians 3:17, HCSB

 

Do our lives show we are busy as bee-lievers?

The Secret Life of Bees

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.

~ Saint John Chyrsostom

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Something’s abuzz in the air.

An environmentalist organized a commemorative ceremony for some victims in a recent tragedy. He held a service to honor 50,000 bees that died due to pesticide exposure in an Oregon parking lot.

  • He wanted people to become beekeepers … of a sort.

The memorial emphasized the bees’ role in the circle of life. Rozzell Medina related that he’d hoped to:

… memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth.

While I won’t be attending any bee funerals, I have to admit that …

  • The bee’s mission is important to our lives.

These insects provide a necessary function in agriculture. Gardeners rely on the bees to help beautify their gardens. Farmers depend on them to pollenate their crops. We need these insects to feed the world.

  • Bees are unappreciated workers.

The USDA reports that the bees pollenate eighty percent of our flowering crops, or one-third of our diet. Without honeybees, we’d lose foods such as fruits, almonds, and soybeans. Due to their prominent role in alfalfa propagation, it would jeopardize the beef and dairy industries as well since the grain serves as a major source of feed.

Just think about what impact bees have on the American diet.

That’s why one of the most ingenious men spoke of them in awe:

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.

~ Albert Einstein

  • Our Creator intended it to be this way.

God gave everything a purpose. Bees exist to glorify the Master of the world. Every time we hear the humming of their wings, we should recognize they’re fulfilling God’s purpose for their existence.

  • To fulfill God’s purpose is the true secret life of bees.

We should as well. Paul wrote of Christ’s role in this matter:

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

~ Colossians 1:15-17, NKJV

Do we fulfill the Lord’s purpose for creating us?

Cross Point

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A Sonoma State University official recently violated a student’s right to express religious freedom. At the confrontation, Audrey Jarvis worked at one of the school’s orientations for incoming freshmen. An administrator ordered the junior to hide her cross necklace.

  • The official deemed the cross as offensive.

By doing so, the staff member committed the very infraction he supposedly wanted to prevent. He didn’t care about insulting a Christian when she had a civil right to wear an expression of her faith. He just didn’t want to affront any non-Christians.

  • The cross can be a powerful symbol.

Because of the nature of crucifixion, early Christians didn’t employ it in religious symbols. To them, the cross was equivalent to what the electric chair would be to modern Americans – a symbol of death.

  • Early iconography was subtler.

Symbols of a shepherd, the ichthys (the Christian fish), or an anchor were much more common in catacombs and churches. The cross didn’t evolve into a Christian symbol until later times.

  • Today, crosses don’t mean as much to most people.

Bearers of crosses in jewelry, clothing, and tattoos very seldom act in a Christ-like manner. Just look at how often you see criminals and others committing profane acts while bearing an image of the cross in some way.

  • In our society, it doesn’t have the same impact it once did.

That’s why Joseph Mozier’s sculpture, Pocahontas, might not speak to the average person. It’s a nineteenth-century marble carving that depicts Pocahontas seeing a cross necklace for the first time. The artist portrays the Native American with a fawn in tow as depicting the princess in her most natural surroundings, yet untainted by European intervention.

  • He stresses her pondering the cross’s meaning.

In her cultural setting, Pocahontas had no knowledge of crucifixion or of Jesus. Yet, the jewelry piece piques her interest as to its meaning, and the Spirit pricks her heart to investigate its purpose.

  • Christians should revisit the meaning of the Savior’s cross.

We need to reevaluate just how Jesus’ crucifixion played its role into our epiphany. Without it, we wouldn’t have reason to claim Him as Savior and Lord.

  • Sometimes, the cross means more to non-Christians.

So many believers neglect what we have through the cross. While modern society lessens one’s focus on the meaning of the cross symbol, it obviously still has the potential to do just that according to the Sonoma State official.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…

~ Romans 1:16, NKJV

 

What does the cross symbolize to you?

 

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A Declaration of Independence

The bright girl knelt, bathed in repentant tears

Connecting link between two hemispheres.

~ Mary Webster Mosby, “Pocahontas, A Legend”

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By John Gadsby Chapman (photograph courtesy Architect of the Capitol) (Architect of the Capitol) [Public domain

The words still hang in the US Capitol Building. Congress has displayed them for over a century, but they’re hidden from the public eye. They proclaim one woman’s legacy – her declaration of independence.

  • Everyone knows who Pocahontas is.

Of course, what most people think they know isn’t true. Most youngsters perceive comes from the animated Disney movie, which isn’t factual. But her legacy persists in the charisma she has in the public domain.

  • America might not be what it is today without her.

Although we can’t know the exact details of her rescue of Captain John Smith at Jamestown, her courage to prevent his murder was a defining moment in American history. At a time when most teenagers wouldn’t challenge seasoned warriors, the young princess didn’t hesitate to do so.

  • She acted against unjustified aggression.

Her actions mirrored those of the Founding Fathers when they signed The Declaration of Independence. Although we don’t have her own words preserved as we do other documents, a portrait in the US Capitol Building does indicate her declaration of independence.

  • Her witness persists to modern times.

As visitors take in the famous Rotunda paintings, we see great moments in American history: the discoveries of Columbus and De Soto, the perseverance of the Pilgrims, and the Founding Fathers in their actions that forged the nation we love. At first, The Baptism of Pocahontas might seem out of place with these other displays.

  • Yet, it shows something about Pocahontas that most don’t consider.

It demonstrates how a pagan renounced her mythological gods to become a follower of the One True God. To proclaim her witness before the world, the young Christian underwent baptism, which commemorates her dying to the old way of living and rising to a new life in Christ.

  • Her declaration went beyond this act though.

Written on the back of this painting isn’t the name of Pocahontas. Instead, if one investigates by lifting the frame, they’ll find the name she preferred for the rest of her life: Rebecca Rolfe. She no longer considered herself according to her former unbelieving ways.

  • She declared her independence from paganism.

She identified with the only One who could assure her with a new identity – Jesus Christ. Her new name was evidence of that new life, which now continues in His eternal presence.

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV

How do you declare your independence today?

A Day That Should Live in Infamy

You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an inactive spectator … We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

~ Abigail Adams[i]

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On July 2, 1997, Jefferson Smith, or at least the actor who played him in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, died. James Stewart portrayed the Senator who opposed the corrupt Washington political machine. Although the actor didn’t really take on such a role in life, the movie’s appeal stirs the desire for such leaders to rise up in our nation once again.

  • July 2nd has much notoriety.

It’s the anniversary of many historical events. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s dirigible balloon took its first flight on this day. Actress Betty Grable, the favorite pin-up girl of World War II veterans, died on July 2nd. An assassin’s bullets struck President James Garfield also on this date.

  • July 2nd should be an important day for African-Americans.

It serves as the sesquicentennial of the bloodiest day of the Civil War. It was the turning point of that conflict – the battle of Gettysburg. Because of the Union army’s defeat of Lee’s forces, the US moved closer to ending the war … and abolishing slavery.

It’s more than ironic that President Lyndon B. Johnson also signed the US Civil Rights Bill on this date in 1964.

  • But what makes this date special to all Americans occurred in 1776.

On July 2nd, the Founding Fathers voted to declare their independence from British tyranny. Even though we now celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th because our leaders signed The Declaration of Independence on that date, the legal separation began on July 2nd when the Continental Congress voted to end abusive government rule.

  • That’s why John Adams wrote these words:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.[ii]

  • More than ever we must look to the Founding Fathers’ ideals.

As there are many current scandals ongoing in Washington, we mustn’t forget why these Founding Fathers desired independence from big government. They knew in their hearts that the government should exist for the people, and they were willing to die to achieve that goal. They saw the wrongs, and they acted to make things right – just as the heroic Jefferson Smith did in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

 

We live, my dear soul, in an age of trial. What will be the consequence, I know not.

~ John Adams to Abigail Adams, 1774[iii]

 

How will you commemorate our nation’s declaration of independence?

 



[i] David McCullough, John Adams (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001), 17.

[ii] Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, “Had a Declaration…” [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/, retrieved July 2, 2013.

[iii] McCullough, 13.