Chronicles of a Christian Nation: The American Revolution (1775–1783)
The American Revolution won independence and national sovereignty for British subjects living in the American colonies. The Founding Fathers instituted the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights to be the cornerstones for a new nation, for which our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln said… “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Founded over two hundreds years ago by a hearty and pious lot, The United States of America stands unified in freedom and liberty as one nation of many races, faiths, and beliefs in testament to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers and the divine intervention of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Shot Heard Round the World…
Hostilities turned violent as tension neared the boiling point between the King of England and his British subjects living in the colonies of New England…
At 5 a.m. on 19 April 1775, 240 British Marines under the command of Major John Pitcairn entered Lexington proper with orders to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock before continuing onto Concord with orders to seize firearms and gunpowder from the Concord Armory which had been established by British colonists living there.
Hoping to stay-off an insurrection, British Regulars were under strict orders not to antagonize the colonists in anyway and to return to Boston with Godspeed. As the Marines approached the Lexington Green (the fork in the road to Concord) with the sun starting to rise behind them, they spied about 100 armed militiamen up ahead.
Under the command of Captain John Parker the militiamen stood fast in parade-ground formation on the Lexington Green. Parker had no intention to fight a battle he’d quickly loose. No war had been declared, Parker ordered his men to hold position and not impede the Regulars in any way as they marched onto Concord.
The purpose of the militia’s presence was to assert “political and military determination,” in other words; it was a show of force. Pitcairn rode up to Parker on the Green and ordered him and his men to immediately disperse. Parker then ordered his men to stand down and go home; satisfied his mission to display “military determination” was a complete success.
As the militiamen withdrew from the Green and dispersed into a crowd the roughly 140 civilian spectators who’d gathered in front of the Buckman Tavern, a single gunshot was fired by parties unknown. History records that gunshot as, “the shot heard round the world.” Both Major Pitcarin and Captain Parker shout orders to “cease fire,” but their commands could not be heard over the din.
An interesting side-note is both British and Colonial authorities of the time, after having investigated the incident, concluded… ¹“that the initial shot did not come from the men on the ground immediately facing each other.”
That single shot marked the birth of a new nation, which through great toil, suffering, loss
and faith allowed our Founding Fathers to construct the model and write the book for the emerging Republic. A Republic based on democracy, freedom and liberty. A Republic deeply rooted in Christian faith, as evidenced in the text of our Declaration of Independence… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain ² unalienable Rights.”
That single shot made history having given life to the concept of self-government, a government of man that recognized, respected and protected by law the unalienable rights naturally granted to all men by “their Creator,” God. A single gunshot fired nearly 240 years ago that resulted in the Battle of Lexington, the first fight of the American Revolution, also set those original 13 United States of America on God’s preordained path on their hollowed quest to fulfill Manifest Destiny.
There’s no question that the shot heard round the world was fired by human agency. But history itself, like the written text of law left to us by our Founding Fathers, makes it clear that the initial shot heard at Lexington that fateful morning was the will of God.
¹ Fischer, David Hackett (1994). Paul Revere’s Ride. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-508847-6.
² “Unalienable: incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred.” Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523: