As America prepares to celebrate its Independence, have you ever wondered about the final fate of the men and women who helped found America to bring the freedoms we have today? The people in this article are not as well known as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin, but they were all important in helping America become the country it is today.
The British drove John Hart from his wife’s deathbed, according to davidstuff.com. Their 13 children fled for their lives. The enemy laid to waste his fields and his gristmill. He was forced to live in forests and caves for more than a year, before returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Five signers of the Declaration of Independence were captured by the British and tortured as traitors, two had sons who died in the Revolutionary War, and nine of the 56 signers died from wounds or hardships of the war.
Richard Stockton, of New Jersey was dragged from his bed by a group loyal to the British King, and imprisoned him in New York. according americanprofile.com He was denied the basic necessities of life, and although he was finally released, he had endured such hardships that he never completely recovered. He lost almost his entire fortune, saw his lands had been ruined, his library and papers burned, and his livestock seized. His friends had to help him to be able to survive for awhile.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, died in rags, after selling his home and properties to pay debts. He was forced to sell everything after seeing his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.
Thomas Nelson, Jr., at the battle of Yorktown, quietly urged George Washington to open fire on his own home, after British General Cornwallis had taken it over for his headquarters. After the home was destroyed, he later died bankrupt.
Despite everything the founding fathers endured in helping us bring the freedoms we now have, freedoms men, women and children throughout numerous other countries in the world would love to have, our American freedoms pale in comparison to something else–the freedom we have in Christ.
After all, we could have all the freedoms others would love to have, plenty of food, while many in the world starve, and possessions those in poorer countries might envy, but what would it matter if we died in our sins and went to hell:
Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Indeed, because the Bible teaches we are all sinners against a holy God and can’t save ourselves, the death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, on the cross for our sins, and his resurrection from the dead is an even greater gift than American freedom–even as great a gift from God as that freedom is.
This year, we can all thank God for our freedoms in America, that cost so many so much, but we can thank God for the death of the sinless Son of God so we can have an even greater gift, a home in heaven: Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
Finally, let’s consider the lyrics to the song, “It Wouldn’t Be Enough,” from Tim Archer music:
“If I had all the riches this world
has to give,
All the comfort that it brings
Never needing anything
I could search the whole world over far and wide
Trying to by that precious love
That was sent from God above
And it wouldn’t be enough
No it wouldn’t be enough
To buy one splinter off the tree that Jesus died on
And it couldn’t pay the price
For one single drop of blood
That was shed for my salvation.”