Freedom is never free! Many sacrificed much and several made the ultimate sacrifice that we might have freedom.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were not signing so that their names would go down in history as the famous founding fathers of these United States of America.

They understood the gravity of their actions and grim consequences that could befall them. The last sentence was a reminder of the risk they were taking. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” 

In spite of that, John Hancock’s signature was unusually large. With his signing he declared, “His majesty can now read my name without his glasses. And he can also double the price on my head.”

Then he added, “We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling in different ways; we must all hang together.” To which Benjamin Franklin quipped, “Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately!”

This 4th July, let us take a moment to thank God for the freedom we enjoy and for our founding fathers who bravely placed their fortunes and even their lives on the line that we might be free. Also take time to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice.

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.