John 8:31-32 – Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, their stories were not without a price to pay. Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and another had two sons captured. Nine fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
Norris and Livingston suffered the loss of property and life. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home to pay his debts and died in rags. Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in Congress without pay and kept his family in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and he died in poverty.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., upon finding that the British had taken over his home as headquarters, urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his mill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
During this time of rejoice for our freedom, take time to solemnly remember there is a cost, a price to be paid for freedom and for liberty. Be thankful and take a day off from watching FOX and MSNBC. We are greatest when United.
Finally, reflect that Christ has paid your price for liberty and freedom. When all that we touch on this earth has passed, remember we are eternally free because of Christ, the signer of the Greatest Declaration of Independence for you.
Because of that signature and cost paid, you are free. Yes free indeed.
Have a blessed 4th of July!