Today we should be so very thankful for those gone before us to give us our free America. You see, it takes more than just words on a paper to make someone free – It takes prayer, lots of prayer, and courageous action!
Think about the brave actions of our Founding Fathers. Think about the 56 men who signed that Declaration of Independence.
But most of all, think about King George, the King of England. He was an evil man who took any actions necessary to make people follow him – even hang them! And the Signing of that Declaration of Independence made each man a candidate for the hanging.
But why did the 56 men have to sign the Document? Why not just say it but not sign? It’s because the talking is good, but –
the “Words” that we talk about are not the “doing” – they are never really settled into stone until we write these words down and give our Signature – that is the “DOING”.
Well, John Hancock was the Chairman of this Assembly, and he knew that he was to be the first to sign – and when he signed, he signed his name really big. In fact, so big that his Signature brought a lot of attention from the other Signors.
But why did he sign so big??
Some have tried to make his big signature look like it was his prideful ego that made him sign so big – that he wanted all to see him. Not true.
The truth is this.
John Hancock knew the King of England. He had heard the King’s clear and deadly warning –
“Do anything to even hint the likes of breaking away from England and you will hang!”
But he wanted the King to see and to know that he was willing to do anything for the cause of freedom – even die!
And I am thankful for John Hancock and our other Founding Fathers – they acted – and we have a free America.
But the time has come now for us to stand for freedom and the ideals that our Nation must stand for!
If you had been in John Hancock’s shoes would you have signed, or just run away?
Let us Pray for the Courage to stand for what is Right in America!
About Jerry Stewart
I am a story teller. Since 1998, I have been telling the true stories of our nation and those Americans gone before us. To say the least, these stories have been well received by Americans, both young and old. So, here’s where the stories have taken me. In 1998, I was broadcasting my stories on just one radio station in Washington State. Today, from Texas 15 years later, these programs are now broadcast through a syndicated radio network to over 400 radio stations all across America, with literally millions of listeners.
“The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated because our deeply rooted faith will sustain us”.
Plaque at the Oklahoma City Bomb Site
“Son, remember that God is your only sure trust.”
George Washington’s Mother
“Never let yourself be persuaded that any one great man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America; when America consists of one leader and 250 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
President Dwight Eisenhower
“Duty, honor, country. These three hallowed words reverently dictate what a soldier ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are the soldier’s rallying post to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when all hope is gone. Duty…honor…country.”
General Douglas Macarthur
“You cannot lift your children to a higher level than that on which you live yourself.”
“What we obtain for too cheap a price, we esteem too lightly.”
“The philosophy of our school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. For tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
George Washington (Written as a Boy)
“I regret i have but one life to lose for my country.”
Nathan Hale, just before he was hanged by the British army
“Many men fail because they quit too soon. They lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the impossible, we very soon would find the truth of that old saying – nothing is impossible”.
Doctor C.E. Welch, Founder of Welch's Grape Juice
“America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.”