April 19 – Patriots’ Day

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

I hope you all take time to remember those patriots today who helped bring about a situation when a free society was even a possibility in modern America.

The holiday commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War – Lexington and Concord. Although often celebrated on the third Monday in April or something similar in various places, this blog will commemorate those patriots on the anniversary of the battles themselves, as the holiday was originally practiced.

The battles of Lexington and Concord occurred 239 Years ago today.

Preemptive aggression or coercion against other people always infringes on their rights. Yet, when aggression is turned against those who are instigating that coercive mechanism, in a defensive manner with the intent to defend those rights that come from God, this defensive aggression indicates a mindset that truly cherishes and holds as sacred those rights which they perceived as gifts from God. In other words, if Rights are viewed as gifts from God, then what form of piety would condone a person simply allowing other mortal beings to trample upon those very rights?

Defense of freedom indicates a true sense of appreciation towards that very God whom many of these patriots felt they were appealing to in their cause for freedom – due to the fact that their appeals to the earthly civil government had not produced the purity of results that were justly desired. This is especially fitting this current calendar year due to the incidental correlation with the Easter season of Christianity.

These patriots that so readily came to the call in advancing the cause of freedom did so voluntarily and out of their love for that very cause. This bold move on the part of the colonists is what led to the possibility of independence as a realistic consequence for the people of America. They are examples to us in our day.

They are a reminder of the truth, quoted from their fellow citizen of Massachusetts and the “Father of the American Revolution”, Samuel Adams (writing under the pseudonym Candidus), that:

The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.” (The Boston Gazette – October 14, 1771)

With knowledge of the true principles and effective organization promoted by men like Samuel Adams, is there any wonder that the first mission of the British troops sent out by the king-appointed Governor Gage of Massachusetts was to capture Samuel Adams and his fellow-patriot John Hancock? That mission, as did the second mission to capture a private stockpile of militia arms and ammunition in the town Concord, failed.

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