This week we celebrate both the beginning and the end of the Revolutionary War.
Americans still struggle with political and social issues that mirror the circumstances that led to the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Those events did not just start a war, they spotlighted the need for the liberties described in the Bill of Rights.
Americans are at a fork in the road. We can either learn from the events that began this country and return to her founding principles, or we can continue the progressive path of destroying the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands.
On the fateful night of April 18, 1775, the British had two missions; to:
- Capture the revolutionary leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington, and
- Confiscate and destroy the patriots’ guns, gun powder, and other munitions in Concord.
Fortunately, spies and colonial sympathizers alerted the patriots to the British military’s plans. Once it was discovered that the troops would cross the Charles River, Paul Revere and William Dawes rode from Boston towards Lexington by different routes to alert the militiamen that “the British are coming.” A third rider, Wentworth Cheswell, a free black man, rode north to alert the militiamen in that direction.
Revere and Dawes arrived in Lexington and went straight to Reverend Jonas Clark’s house, where Adams and Hancock were staying. After relaying their news, they turned to Clark and asked if his men were ready. He responded, “This is what I have trained them for.”
What Liberals try to desperately deny, cover-up, and rewrite, is at that at the time many of the political leaders were pastors. Inspired by George Whitefield, the pastors preached religious liberty and freedom hand in hand with the scriptures. These pastors, known as the Black Robe Regiment, were responsible for instilling the desire to worship as they saw fit instead of being force to follow King George’s commandments.
When the militiamen assembled on the Lexington Green, ready to meet the British as they entered town, a good portion of the men were from Clark’s own congregation. No one knows who fired the first shot, but after it was over, eight of Clark’s parishioners were dead, nine were wounded and one British soldier was injured. Even though they had to retreat, the stand by Clark and his men protected Adams and Hancock from capture and probable execution.
On their way to warn Concord, Revere was captured and Dawes lost his horse. Samuel Prescott, a fellow patriot, completed the ride and notified the militiamen. Fortunately, word had been sent early enough that much of the munitions were already relocated. Once the British arrived, though, they began entering homes, searching for guns and ammunition, and seizing whatever they wanted. As ordered, they burned the confiscated items.
As the fire grew, it threatened to swell out of control. Fearing for their town, the militiamen took action. Confronting the British troops guarding the North Bridge, the British opened fire. The patriots responded in kind, killing over 100 soldiers and wounding several officers. The British then retreated, having been outdone by the colonists.
As the British troops traveled back to Boston, many of Clark’s congregants, as well as other patriots, stood along the route in a silent protest. They quietly told the soldiers they would not relent. Freedom would be theirs.
Though neither Adams nor Hancock attended the Constitutional Convention, both had signed the Declaration of Independence and the events of that day were well known. Orders such as those given to those British soldiers were the exact motivation and purpose for the Bill of Rights.
The British did not like Adams and Hancock assembling the people and petitioning the government regarding grievances. Pastors had also educated the colonists on the necessity for religious freedom. That is why so many of the pastors and churchgoers were willing to pick up arms against the British troops.
Result – Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Though they wanted Adams and Hancock, the British military’s most important mission was to confiscate the colonists’ firearms and ammunition. They knew the colonists could not fight the Crown if they were unarmed.
Result – Amendment II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
When the British reached Concord, nothing prevented them from entering any home, business, or building looking for and confiscating whatever they wanted. The Framers realized the people would have no privacy– and no real freedom– unless the government was specifically prevented from doing this.
Result – Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Somewhere, America lost its way.
We forgot, or were never taught, our history. College students whine about safe spaces and hurt feelings, not wanting to hear any speech that might offend them. Liberals demand gun control claiming those firearms aren’t needed to hunt. Christians are now constantly under attack, being forced to bake same-sex wedding cakes and to allow transgender bathrooms, while our leaders fold at any little pushback. Government has convinced Americans that we need to concede a few freedoms, such as electronic data surveillance, in the name of safety.
Benjamin Franklin said,
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
2016 America is no different than 1775 colonial America. The British, in the form of modern progressives, are in Boston again, and making plans to march on Lexington and Concord. Are we going to meet them on the green? Christians, are we going to be patriots and stand for our faith, or are we willing to let those founding patriots’ lives be for naught?
Adhering to and enforcing the Constitution is the answer. We won the Revolutionary War because of the principles safeguarded in that document. It is the only path to liberty and freedom. History has brought us back to that point and we have a choice to make. I’m not so sure Americans care anymore.
But that’s just my 2 cents.