KELLER: God hasn’t changed through America’s life

Published 1:42 am Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A birthday celebration is supposed to be a happy occasion.

This week, we will celebrate America’s 238th birthday, reflecting and being thankful for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. These were men of means, well educated, and willing to sign their names on this document, knowing if they were captured by the British, it meant death.

Twenty-four of the men were lawyers and jurists. The rest were merchants, farmers and large plantation owners. They were willing to risk all to establish these United States of America. 

All of them lost everything. Some were captured, tortured and killed.  Others had to leave homes that were destroyed by the enemy and a few never saw their children again.

In Tom Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation,” he called the men and women who lived during the Second World War the greatest generation of our lifetime, and rightfully so.  

If he were to write today about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, its title might be “The Most Courageous Band of Brothers in American History.” Because of their unselfish actions, Friday we will observe the anniversary of the birth of the United States. 

The first Independence Day celebration was held on July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia. It is estimated on that day, two-and-a-half million people attended the celebration.

Friday, over 300 million people will enjoy a holiday and celebrate with family and friends.

They will eat, drink, play games, enjoy the day off and most will get to witness firework displays at the end of the day.  

With all the fanfare, is this really a happy birthday for America? I think not! We are a divided nation and not necessarily under God as stated in the Pledge of Allegiance.

God cannot be pleased as we ignore His existence and disobey His Word (The Bible).  

We have allowed the government to legalize abortion and consider same-sex marriages a normal and acceptable lifestyle in today’s society.  

The majority of Americans say times have changed and we must change with the times. I’m old-fashioned and believe God is the same God today as He was in 1776. He has not changed!


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