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The Liberty Bell did not likely ring on the 4th of July, and in fact spent most of the Revolutionary War hidden below the floor boards of the Zion German Reformed Church.

Ironically, the bell was made in England by the same company that made Big Ben. It broke on its initial test ring, and was re-cast twice by local Philadelphia foundry men.

It’s cast with the inscription from Leviticus 25:10 “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all inhabitants”. It was actually not labelled “The Liberty Bell” until the 1830’s when it was associated with the abolitionist movement.

Congress approved a resolution to be independent on July 2, 1776. It was on July 4 when most of the States approved the declaration document we know today. It was not reported in the papers until 2 days later. Bells finally rang on the 8th when it was read aloud, but the Liberty Bell was not among them. The belfry of the Pennsylvania Statehouse (now Liberty Hall) was in bad condition and incapable of supporting the bell at the time. Most of our Founding Fathers did not actually sign the Declaration until much later.

Fearing the 2000 lb. would be captured by the British, and melted into ammunition, they took the bell down from the now repaired belfry. It was transported to Allentown, Pennsylvania and hidden under the church floor boards until after the war.

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams the two authors of the Declaration of Independence and our second and third Presidents, died the same day exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1826?

What a privilege to be one of the few who get to call ourselves Americans. In spite of all our problems and differences, there is still no doubt in my mind we live in the greatest nation on earth. We can thank brave patriots for their willingness to commit treason against the crown under penalty of death to declare our freedom.

If you ever question our country was founded in faith, just look at the Liberty Bell and Leviticus 25:10.


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