Many sincere Christians have confused, contradictory and twisted notions about what has become the War of Independence or, as some call it, the Revolutionary War. However, it was not a revolution but a self-defense war, and this fact is rarely discussed in American classrooms. When the relevant facts are known, Americans will have no embarrassment about our “rebellious” past.
The Stamp Act of 1765 it was a takeover by King George III whereby various publications and legal forms in America would require a stamp (tax) before they could be issued. Colonialists resented the act as a taxation without representation. In the same year Patrick Henry of Virginia intervened with his speech advocating “no taxation without representation”. England repealed the act the following year.
Things simmered for a while, then came 1770 Townshend Proceedings, a tax on goods imported from England. Boston citizens protested, resulting in the Boston massacre in which five Americans were killed.
Americans saw a model of King George III that claimed he could ask for taxes without whatever entry by those who are taxed. Settlers broke out in 1773 with the Boston Tea Party when 150 settlers, dressed as Mohawk Indians, unloaded the freshly arrived tea in Boston Harbor. There would be no taxes on That You!
The year 1775 was a crucial year for the settlers. Late in the night of April 18, Paul Revere and William Dawes saddled for their famous midnight ride to Lexington and Concord to warn the locals that the British were approaching to get the guns and ammunition stored there. (Gun control was a problem even then!) At the beginning of the 19th, 77 Americans were on the village lawn, facing the well-dressed English redcoats. Eight Americans were killed and ten wounded, and many of the redcoats died in their retreat in Boston, chased by settlers who fired from behind trees. When the Red Coats arrived in Boston, they had 273 casualties and 95 Americans. In June of that year, the Battle of Bunker Hill took place. Please note that Americans still were at that time Not talking about parting with the motherland.
Most Americans wanted conciliation, not confrontation with the Crown. They wanted satisfaction, not separation from the Motherland. Our second president, John Adams’ opinion, was that only about a third of the settlers wanted independence, a third supported Britain, and a third had no opinion.
On December 22, 1775, King George announced that the colonies were free from British rule through his Prohibition Act! This crucial fact is almost unknown to modern Americans and puts the War for Independence in a completely different light. The act provided that any exchange of ships with the colonies would be considered a “legal reward”. Furthermore, it envisaged that all American crews could be “impressed” (forced) to serve in the British Navy as if they had chosen to enlist! Furthermore, the cargoes would be sold, along with the ships, and the money would benefit England. The act it also foresaw that some of the booty would be sent to an English hospital, making it more palatable to those English (in Britain and America) with a conscience.
Sporadic fighting between American patriots and King George’s redcoats continued after the “blow heard around the world” at Lexington and Concord; however, the settlers still did not want to part with England! It wasn’t until July 1776 that frustrated and angry Americans would declare their independence.
King George declared war on the colonies, making the war a war of self-defense, not of rebellion! Indeed, our leaders have always called themselves loyal subjects of the king! Ben Franklin’s letter to the king in February 1775 spoke of “His Majesty the subjects in America”. The Petition for the olive branch of May 1775 (presented to the English court on September 1) they defined themselves as “faithful subjects” and “most devoted subjects”. The King wouldn’t even accept that petition! Hence, the colonies could see no hope of reconciliation until September 1775.
The following month King George III “jumped the gun” and told Parliament that the American rebellion had “become more general and is manifestly carried on with the aim of establishing an independent empire.” However, that was it Not correct. American leaders hadn’t done that whatever claim to pursue independence from England. Indeed, the Pennsylvania Assembly has given clear instructions to its delegates in Congress to “disagree and completely reject any proposal, should it be made, that could cause or lead to a separation from our motherland.” (English historical documents, P. 170.) Other colonies followed the leadership of Pennsylvania and gave similar instructions to their delegates.
When news of King George’s hasty action reached America in February 1776, every informed person knew that the king had essentially declared war on the colonies. A settler, Joseph Hewes, that was contrary at a break with England, he wrote: “The Act of Parliament prohibiting all trade and commerce between Great Britain and the colonies was recently brought here by a certain Mr. Temple of London … I fear that it will make the rift between the two countries as wide as ever to reconcile …. I see no prospect of reconciliation. All that remains is to fight it ”(letter to Samuel Johnston, of March 20, 1776).
When the Second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1776, it was evident that they considered the Prohibitory law of 1775 as the significant turning point in the separation from England. They claimed that George had “excluded the inhabitants of these united colonies from the protection of his crown.” Their resolution concluded with: “Resolute, that it is recommended to the respective assemblies of the united colonies … to adopt a government that … best leads to happiness and security and to their constituents in particular and to America in general. “. In other words, it’s all over except the fighting! The arrogant King had cut off the colonies, so come on!
America was now an independent nation!
John Adams said of the Act, “It expels thirteen colonies from royal protection, levels all distinctions and makes us independent despite our pleas and entreaties … It might be fortunate that the act of independence comes from the British Parliament rather than the American Congress.” (Letter to Horatio Gates, March 23, 1776.)
There have been many false accusations made by Christian leaders for many years about the break with England. How could American Christians who had been affected by the Great Awakening in 1740 become so hot-headed fanatics and rebel against the motherland? Now you can see that this was not the case. We were forced to defend ourselves from the King who had cut the ties with the colonies. While there were actions perpetrated by non-Christian or superficial Christian patriots during that time, we modern Americans have no reason to be on the defensive about America’s past.
King George III was the source of many irrational acts that resulted in the deaths of 25,000 American soldiers; 8,000 of them died in battle and the other 17,000 were caused by disease. King George appeared to have tried to repel the Americans with his numerous bellicose actions. But then King George had an excuse. He was part of the European royal family known for incestuous marriages for decades. In his later years, he talked nonsense for 58 hours and made many famous statements and decisions, much to the embarrassment of his family and the British nation.
However, Americans know of an out-of-control leader who refuses to take advice and admits no personal mistakes and makes tragic decisions nationally and internationally. And finally, talking nonsense for hours. Yes, the Americans are aware of that.
God help America. Our best days are behind us and the American dream is now a nightmare.
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