Andy Hollifield 3-22-18
Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Psalms 75:5-7 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. (6) For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. (7) But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Today marks the 253rd anniversary of The Stamp Act being imposed on the American colonies. This was a tax imposed by the British crown to help pay off the war debt incurred by Britain suring the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). Apparently this was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak. It was a tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies including newspapers, playing cards, dice, and pamphlets. This was in addition to previous taxes and policies such as The Sugar Act of 1764 which not only taxed sugar but also imported wine, textiles, and coffee. The Currency Act which caused a severe decline in the value of the paper money that was being used in the colonies. Possibly the one policy that left the worst taste in the mouth of the colonists and infringed on their liberties the most was The Quartering Act of 1765 which required colonists to provide British soldiers with food and lodging at their own expense. The Stamp Act set off a firestorm which served to unite at least 9 of the 13 colonies to form a Stamp Act Congress in which they drafted the “Declaration Of Rights And Grievances” which expressed their anger with the British empire and their policies. Although the British repealed the act a year later because enforcing it costs more than they were gaining; the damage had been done. Groups such as the Sons of Liberty were formed which began protesting British policies and spurring the move for independence from Great Britain. It would be another 10 years before the Revelutionary War would begin, but The Stamp Act was the point where the colonists decided enough was enough. These aforementioned acts, were a precurser to other policies that further victimized the colonists by “taxation without representation” which eventually led to the famous “Boston Tea Party” in which colonists disguised as indians dumped cargo of tea from British ships into the Boston Harbor in protest.
I didn’t really mean to turn this into a history lesson but there are also a few more facts I want to mention. Another key event pertaining to the birth of our nation was that on this day in 1790 Thomas Jefferson, who was chosen by the Continental Congress in 1776 to write the Declaration Of Independance” was named Secretary of State by then President George Washington. Jefferson also went on to become the third president of the United States. Also on this date in 1972, the U.S. Senate passes the Equal Rights Amendment although it failed to be ratified when returned to the states. On the lighter side, one of the most famous and historicaly accurate western novelist, Louie L’Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He had written 108 books, most of which were westerns, by the time of his death in 1988. Many young men, including myself, learned a lot about the western way of life in the United States by reading his books.
That is enough history for now but I just wanted to emphasize some of the events that shaped this country. The reason for the title is because I believe that due to the founding of this country based on the freedom to worship according to the dictates of their heart, the Lord blessed the colonists and pilgrims from the first day the English set foot on American soil. America has been blessed with the role of preserving national sovereignty around the world from the earliest wars that we have fought. In WW1 our country rose to the occassion against the Germans and again in WW2 to stop the Nazi Germany troops from taking over the world and also ending the slaughter of millions of Jews by the Nazis. Japan pulled America into the war with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. The US has always had a name for fighting to liberate oppressed peoples around the world and thereby gained respect around the globe. We were also the first nation to recognize the newly formed nation of Israel before the newly formed world body, the United Nations in 1948.
God has blessed our nation tremendously in our short history I believe because we have always fought for a just cause and to liberate the oppressed. He has especially blessed because of our constant stand with his chosen people, the Jews. In recent years, that dedication has waivered some in government circles but I do not believe in the hearts of our citizens. We have all read the scripture in Genesis 12:3 where God told Abraham, “And I will bless them them that bless thee, and curseth them that curse thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” The reason I mention all of this is because that our blessings as a nation today come from God the same way they did back in the beginning. The way they did when English pilgrims gave up their way of life and boarded ships with everything they owned to sail across the ocean to a land that was rugged and untamed. They did this for the liberty to worship the same God we worship today. When that liberty was again threatened in 1765, again men of character rose up in defence of their beliefs and rights and against tyranny, not really knowing what their efforts would produce: this country we call The United States Of America; the champion of liberty around the world for well over 240 years. I am not only proud but thankful to be an American. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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