Can you name more than three signers of the Declaration of Independence?
a guest post by Haelie Heard
I couldn’t before reading For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer. Now, however, I am so entranced by the sacrificial bravery and soundness-of-mind of these men. And grateful…yes, I am oh so grateful…more than I ever was before I realized how much was unashamedly put on the line by others on behalf of me and my family and friends in this country today.
It’s a small glimpse of what my Savior did for me long before these men ever signed this document.
As Boyer quotes John Quincy Adams,
“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
One common theme struck me throughout my journey through For You They Signed. Whether poor or rich, each signer knew the magnitude of consequences they and their families faced, but still signed wholeheartedly, without regret.
Our culture cannot comprehend this kind of selflessness.
This book helps you see the character that we find missing in our culture. It’s a testimony, a witness – that our founding fathers were Christians.
It takes great faith to believe that someone would give so selflessly. We all struggle with the concept of what Jesus did for us – we didn’t deserve it – but He still did it for us. I believe our founding fathers and the signers of our constitution gave all they did for the countless generations that would follow them. And it makes it easier for me to believe Jesus gave His life for us as well.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 6:12:
“Fight the good fight of the faith.”
Like our revolutionary predecessors discovered, the word “fight” in the original Greek language is “agonizomai” which implies our English word “agonize.” These signers truly agonized and fought for the future of this nation we now take for granted.
Even more than that, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ fought and agonized for us so that by faith in Him we would not have to endure the agony which comes with living the eternal consequences of our sin and rejection of Him.
He fought the good fight for us.
Have faith in Him and fight the good fight for those you may impact with your life.
Arm yourself and your family for the battle for the soul by using this great resource as a way to increase your knowledge about the faith of our founding fathers, thereby increasing your faith in The Father who not only founded all but is The Foundation of all.
Haelie is a follower of Christ, wife, mother of a seven-year-old son, and a full-time Nurse Informaticist by profession. Her personal blog is To Not Decide…Is To Decide and you can also find her on Twitter. Her life mission is to be a voice, both written and audible, that unapologetically points to Christ and His sovereignly redemptive love and forgiveness.