Americans all over the world are preparing to celebrate their national day of independence, the Fourth of July 2021, on the 245th anniversary of the declaration by the Continental Congress that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subordinate to the monarch of Britain, King George III.
About this blessed day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail,
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."
Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party is making much of the 100 year anniversary since the Chinese Communist Party was founded in 1921. But the values projected by these two anniversaries could not be more different. The independence of the United States from Great Britain led to a tradition of political freedom all over the world. By contrast, The Chinese Communist Party created a resume in 1949, when it came to power, that crossed all personal and political freedom from then until today. Worse than that, CCP policies led to the deaths of millions of Chinese. By far the most murderous campaign was the Great Leap Forward, which began in 1958 and came to an end in 1962. Tens of millions of Chinese died of starvation and political repression when private farms were forcibly collectivized all over the country. When the deaths that occurred during the great leap are added to repression in political campaigns throughout the 1950s and 1960s some estimates rise to more than 100 million innocent civilians dying.
As long as the two global civilizations have completely different attitudes towards truth, it is important for Christians to remind the world that no civilization can be great if it refuses to recognize the truth of it’s own past. Repentance is necessary to make way for revival.
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