Salute to Patrick Henry

Happy Birthday America! July 4, 2011.  Patrick Henry, born in 1736,  is perhaps one of my favorite members of the American Revolutionary movement.  He was a great orator and his famous phrase, “Give me Liberty or give me death!” still brings a tingling chill to an American’s spine.  Another lesser known phrase that Patrick Henry used on that fateful day was, “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…” Wow! What a truly inspiring speech from the heart and lips of this great man of faith.  With the gift of his voice, Patrick Henry stirred the hearts of his fellow gentlemen and a future nation that the “cause of liberty” was far greater than the risk involved.  I believe this message still rings true today to those who give their lives fighting for our nation’s Pledge of  Allegiance, Motto, In God We Trust, and our liberties granted in our nation’s Constitution; the greatest piece of legislation ever produced by man.  Today, is a memorial to the Spirit that lead these great founding fathers to pursue the visions placed within their hearts by God.  How do I know that Patrick Henry was being lead by God?  In that same speech proclaimed on March 23, 1775, he declared, “Sirs, we shall not fight our battle alone.  There is a just GOD who presides over the destinies of nations…”  Yes, Patrick Henry had faith in the God of gods and the LORD of lords that our pre-existing nation would be uplifted and founded by the ever- powerful, yet tender mercies of God.  In June of 1776, Patrick Henry helped to author the first constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia.  In it, he wrote, “…all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

Today, as we celebrate the birthday of our great nation, let us also join in heart and Spirit to practice, in the words of Patrick Henry, “forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

(Research for today’s blog came from the book, “America’s God and Country,” by William J. Federer, Fame Publishing, Inc. copyrighted 1996.)

Remember, God Loves You,

Lin T. Rollins, Author

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