Imagine If There Had Been No American Revolution by Robert Socha
Imagine for a moment, 1776 never happened as recorded. The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence never gathered together in Independence Hall. Philadelphia never heard the bell toll for Liberty. Imagine no American Revolution. The war for Independence never took place. Washington never became the superhero King George said, “If he does that (resigns his commission), he will be the greatest man in the world.”
Logically, no Declaration, no Constitution. No Bill of Rights. No President Washington, no Ambassador John Adams, no need for reconciliation between the former colonies and their colonizers; the British Empire still holding its power over them.
What if the candid world had never read the immortal words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Would William Wilberforce still have had the moral fortitude to stand in opposition to slavery and compel its abolition in the British Empire had not the phrase “all men are created equal” resounding in his character?
Would there have been a war between the Colonies to end the scourge? Who would have thought of or signed the Emancipation Proclamation? Would such a pronouncement ever have come?
What if America’s Founding Fathers had never studied the great civilizations of the past, had never read Locke, Montesquieu, or Coke. What if the definition of Natural Law never inspired them to pen “The most wonderful work (U.S. Constitution) ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man” (Gladstone).
What if this “government of the people, by the people and for the people” (Lincoln) had never conceived?
We take for granted the birth of these United States of America, a nation of laws not granted to us by the government but given to us by God and secured by the government. These 245 years breed expectation to personal responsibility, integrity, law, order, honor, and grace.
We are desperate to embrace and uphold the immortal truth “that all men are created equal,” perpetually reminded to “look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (Rev. King)
The reason we dare to embrace such magnificent principles is that “in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior.” John Adams continues that “next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day (July 4)…That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”
We take self-evident truths for granted, expecting them to matriculate throughout society and the world. Yet, when the deplorable condition of an unredeemed human heart fails to live up to those ideals, we scream injustice. “Therefore…let us remember well the founding principles of these United States of America. Furthermore, let us renew with vigor the fight for freedom before our liberties and our heritage are gone altogether” (Chuck Baldwin). The first step being to “examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
About the Author
Robert Socha, BIO Robert Socha (so-ha), was born in southern California. He served 5 years 3 months active duty in the United States Air Force; honorably. After his service he took an Associate’s Degree in Practical Theology, where, through his studies, developed a deep love of God and Country and sincere appreciation of the value of Liberty. Robert and his beloved wife of 21-plus years are raising 4 beautiful Texan children. They moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, in 2013, to put their children in Hillsdale Academy. Robert is a sales professional. He and his wife consider Michigan a hidden gem, and absolutely love this city and state (current political environment notwithstanding) they’ve adopted.