Words from the founding fathers – 9.02.10
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 1:44 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
The last line of The Declaration of Independence boldly states the resolve the 56 signers had in forming this new republic – “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
Thanks to the encouragement and support of my wife, I was blessed and privileged to attend the Restoring Honor Rally in Washington last Saturday. Here we were all challenged and encouraged to be personally responsible in making the same pledge to ourselves and each other. If we are to see our country come back to a place that many of us recall as a distant memory, we must all take this pledge.
Don’t be mistaken. It cost many of these 56 men and their families dearly. Nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, receiving brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families.
One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. 12 had their homes completely burned. 17 lost everything they owned.
Even through all this not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Not even Abraham Clark who could have had his two sons released from British captivity by just recanting and coming out in support of the King and Parliament. He would not turn his back on his pledge though it cost him the lives of his sons.
What will cost us, me, you to take this same pledge? Do we understand the gravity of such a pledge? Is the future of our country and our families worth the sacrifice? We take stands on others things everyday that are not as worthy as this. We’d rather stand up for and beside someone that doesn’t even share our same values in the name of a political party. Where has this gotten us? Farther and farther away from the original intent of our country and founders.
It’s time we stand again with our founders and pledge our lives. Give of yourself. Make it personal. Invest in someone else. Do it with all you have within you.
Then we must be willing to pledge our fortunes. Not be generous with the fortunes of others, but of our own. What has God blessed you with? It may not be money, but whatever you have been blessed with, use it to bless others. Don’t be greedy with what you have to offer.
Finally we must pledge out sacred honor. This sounds like a foreign or outdated idea. People don’t talk like that anymore, but we need to dig deep into these two words. “Sacred” – Something highly valued or important, “Honor” – Simply doing the “right thing” in such a way that it shows the quality of your character. We must start making honor something highly valued and important once again.
We as adults, parents, grandparents, neighbors, aunts, uncles, even strangers must step up and set an example worthy of this pledge. For much too long we’ve let others do it such as Hollywood, athletes, musicians, political leaders, schools, government, church etc… Some have met the challenge the best they could.
Others have taken their captive audience and led them far away from the truth. It’s not a matter of turning over a new leaf, but turning to God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says it best – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
It won’t cost us what it cost the 56 signers. That is, if we act now. The longer we wait, the greater the cost and the farther we will have to travel back to a time that we once recognized.
A time that our children and grandchildren deserve to call home in a land that has been restored by a gracious God.
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