Stripes of Red

Of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence:

  • Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776 (Wikipedia image)11 had their homes destroyed
  • 5 were hunted and captured
  • Abraham Clark had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey
  • John Witherspoon’s son was killed in battle
  • Francis Lewis’ wife was imprisoned and died from the harsh treatment
  • Many, such as Thomas Nelson and Carter Braxton, lost their fortunes
  • 9 died during the War.

After the Declaration was signed, John Adams wrote:

“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 triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”


With equal veneration we are reminded of another One whose blood alone authoritatively signed our independence from the dictates of sin:

“Christ also suffered for us . . .
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered He threatened not; . . . Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree; that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed” (I Peter 2:21, 23, 24).


Facts and quote taken from Bill Federer’s American Minute


  1. Nathan Burkhalter July 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Donald, This past weekend I have been thinking about how much our founding fathers valued their liberty. It has caused me to think how much do I value Christ? How much do I truly want to be his disciple? The disciples were all martyred except for John who was exiled to Patmos. There are many Christians around the world who must choose between physical life and Christ. Although I live in America may I never forget who Christ is to me and what I must do each day as I deny myself and take up my cross my death insturment and follow my Rabbi. Thank you so much!

  2. Michael July 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Donald. I agree with you Nathan. It may be puzzling to some why the cross is such a symbol of liberty for us. For me, the pursuit of freedom led only to worse bondage. It was only when I surrendered to Chist that I discovered what I had been in bondage to. There is nothing more wonderful than belonging to the One who died for me. Romans 6:21-22, Matthew 11:28-30

  3. Crystal July 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Sobering post & comments – makes you think.
    I thought y’all would like to hear that there is a Thomas Nelson the IV – a direct descendant of that noble patriot. He is a Christian following in his forefather’s footsteps in that he is standing for Christ by combating revisionist history.
    Back in December the Lord arranged an amazing opportunity for my family to meet Mr. Nelson & his wife. It was quite incredible!

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