The Selfless Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Can you name more than three signers of the Declaration of Independence?
a guest post by Haelie Heard

The Character and Christian heritage of the Signers of the Declarations of IndependenceI 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.

Click here for a free pdf of the first 30 pages of For You They Signed. You will also find a free pdf of  Appendix C – The Christian Nature of Our State Constitutions.

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Haelie Heard, guest blogger

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.

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Praise Him for Freedom

Freedom.

By name it sounds, well, free.  How easy it is to forget the enormous price tag that has been paid and is still being paid by others for our spiritual and political freedom.

Awareness of the cost of freedom is a necessity in the often oblivious life we lead.

As I have been blessed to be reviewing the “Life of…” series for Attic Books as well as For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer for Master Books, I have not only been reminded of what others have done for me but have also learned of things I never knew.

I live in the New Orleans area yet before reading Life of Andrew Jackson, I did not grasp how crucial the Battle of New Orleans and the victory led by Andrew Jackson was to our entire nation’s freedom from British rule.

I am a Christian who believes in salvation by grace alone through belief in the work of Jesus Christ in His death on the cross, yet I never grasped what courageous and committed stands my Christian forefathers took in order for me to freely live and speak of the beliefs I have in this amazing grace.  And never did I fully appreciate the depth of what I sing when I sing the classic hymn Amazing Grace.  That is, not until I read Life of Luther, Life of John Knox, and Life of John Newton.

I am blessed to be born and raised and still residing in the United States of America, yet never did I learn the depth of the courage, commitment, and Christian heritage of the founders of this great nation until I read about each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer.

Above all, as I have learned of these great foundational people who have helped to secure my spiritual and political freedoms, I am even more drawn into praising my Father in Heaven for sending His Son to pay the ultimate price for the ultimate freedom.  He gave His life willingly and rose again conquering death and hell so that you and I might have the tremendous opportunity to live in eternal freedom from sin and death and to instead live in victory as we shine His light into this dark world.

 

FREE Book Friday!- For You They Signed

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1. How many different states were represented by the signers of the Declaration?
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3. How many children did signer Josiah Bartlett have?

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Praise Him for Our Freedoms

Today is our first post in a new blog series brought to you by New Leaf Publishing Group. This new blog series is titled ‘Praise Him’. The purpose of this series to recognize the many reasons in our lives to prasie the Lord for all He has done and is going to do. With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, it is the perfect time to give thanks and honor. Enjoy these posts throughout the month of November.

Today’s guest post is from one of our friends and reviewers Jeff Randleman:

I am a homeschool dad.

Granted, my wife does more of the teaching than I do, since I’m also a full time minister.  But there are several areas that I take more of the teaching responsibilities, such as science and history.

I’ve always been a history buff.  I really got my first taste of history as a teenager in my public school history classes. I had several classes earlier than that, but it was in high school that I started to take more of an interest.  Little did I know that even then, historical revisionism had been changing the story of our nation.  Not all of what I learned was completely true; in fact, some of it was blatant deception.

In college, I began to find works that portrayed our past in a more accurate manner.  And in the years since, I’ve devoured as much as I could find about our nation’s beginnings, and the men who were instrumental in shaping it.

I’m now trying to pass that love of history, and a love of truth, on to my children.

There are several great resources available that teach United States history without all the revisionism.  There are some great books that give a more accurate account of our founding fathers.  But one stands out above the crowd: For You They Signed, The Spiritual Heritage Of Those Who Shaped Our Nation, by Marilyn Boyer.

Modern academia will tell you that our forefathers were not men of faith, that Christianity played no role in the formation of the United States, that our country wasn’t built on biblical principles, that no faith in Christ was evident.

This could not be further from the truth.

Not all of our founding fathers were men of faith.  But most were.  Revisionism tries to tell us that few, if any, displayed any faith at all.  In reality, the skeptics and the unbelieving were a tiny minority.

Our forefathers built a nation based upon faith and biblical principles.  They instituted a government that was to be God-honoring. They established a republic that rested upon freedom for all men.

Freedom.

It has a ring to it, doesn’t it?

But what exactly does it look like?  What did the founding fathers intend?

We can’t know the answer to that if we don’t understand the men who established our nation, who drafted our Constitution, who penned the Declaration of Independence.

And students of American history today are unable to see a true picture of who these men truly were.

Our forefathers were men of faith.  They were men who wanted to see a nation that glorified God in everything. They wanted a nation that would be like a city on a hill, shining a beacon so that all the world could follow us as we followed God.  They wanted a nation built upon faith in the Father.  They longed for a place where freedom was synonymous with citizenship.  And that was the fundamental basis for the documents that they wrote, establishing theUnited States of America.

In For You They Signed, we get a glimpse of the hearts of our forefathers.  We can see the patriotic desire in these men of a nation built upon freedom.

In our home, our children study history every day, in their school work.  And every evening, we have a time of family devotions, spending time in God’s Word together as a family, being thankful together as a family, and praying together as a family.

Once a week, we add to that.  Every Monday evening, after our family devotions, we examine the life of one of our founding fathers. We look at their lives.  We read about their education, their work, their families, and their faith. My kids can tell you how many children Eldridge Gerry had.  They can name the wives of Samuel Adams.  They can describe Roger Sherman’s proclamation of the Gospel.  We are learning about the lives of the men who began our nation.

But we are also learning about the faith of those men. We are learning what it truly means to be free.  We are learning what that should look like in our lives because we can see what it looked like in the lives of those who worked hard to establish this nation.

Our forefathers designed a nation upon the concept of liberty.  Liberty from tyranny.  Liberty from slavery.  Liberty from sin.

Liberty.

Freedom.

It has a ring to it, doesn’t it?

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