6/29/11

What About the Founding Mothers?

As I was writing a patriotic blog post for Independence Day a week ago, I mentioned the Founding Fathers.

Suddenly, I thought,
"What about the Founding Mothers?" Who were the women who stood behind their men as these courageous gentlemen shaped America's beginnings.

It's not a new thought. ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts wrote a book, Founding Mothers (which I do not necessarily endorse) that explores the work of women during those early years during America's Revolution. She wrote about the women who disguised themselves, raised money for the war efforts, spied, propagandized, and sacrificed alongside the men. Surely, these women were brave and purposeful.

I wondered about the wives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence ~ what they had to do as their husbands stood strong in the face of the enemy. I read the history of the signers themselves, these men who "pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor." When I read the "history" of these men (and especially how they suffered), I was thankful for their great sacrifice.

And then I read various (controversial) stories about their wives and children; and though I am not sure that they suffered quite the way some writers have expressed, it is clear that these dedicated families often had to sacrifice for our freedom along with the men. As I read about them, I wondered whether I would have their courage; but these were people who counted freedom dear. Perhaps we have forgotten how precious that freedom is. These were people who knew their rights ultimately came from God, and they fought to preserve those rights!

First Lady Abigail Adams, who grew up in her father's parsonage, said, "A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of society?.... The Scriptures tell us, 'righteousness exalteth a nation.'" [Proverbs 14:34]

And as the city of Charleston laid in ashes, Abigail prayed, "Almighty God, cover the heads of our countrymen, and be a shield to our dear friends ...." She knew to call upon God for help.

Every woman of spiritual courage knows where her strength lies. I think of Queen Esther in the Old Testament, a woman come to her nation "for such a time as this" ~ for such a time that God intended to use her to rescue her people and her country. Though she appealed to the king, no doubt she first appealed to God.

We need women of strength today ... women who will stand for truth and fight for the spiritual freedom of their children against an enemy who wants to destroy their souls ... women who will stand by their husbands as they battle against the political, moral, and spiritual corruption in our nation. The scriptures teach, "...if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36 ESV), but the enemy desires to enslave our souls and destroy our homes, churches, and nation.

The Bible says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12); but "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3)

We need women of passion, courage, insight, and deep faith. Women who will pray and work until America returns to her biblical foundations. Edmund Burke once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." The same could and should be said concerning good women.

God helping me, I will be a woman like that, no matter the cost. Who is with me?

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