This should be a national holiday… The third Monday in April, is Patriots Day, an annual celebration of the Battles of Lexington & Concord on April 19th, 1775.
It’s a big day in Massachusetts… a public holiday celebrated with reenactments, the Boston Marathon, a Red Sox game and remembrance of the horrific 2013 terrorist attacks.
Maine, Wisconsin and Connecticut also celebrate in varying degrees, but neither the Federal Government nor the rest of these United States consider the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” worthy of a holiday.
I wonder why… this was a very important day in American history!
After our Good Friday discussion about the idea that, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 – NLT, I would like to explore a few more questions.
Why would residents of two small colonial towns, Lexington & Concord, come together and stand against the most powerful military in the world?
Remember, this was April 1775, 15 months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
America wasn’t even a country yet; she was only a loose band of 13 colonies…
What inspired the men who fought and their families who supported them to take such enormous risks?
Was it taxes, freedom, faith, or something else?
Where were the seeds planted that blossomed into combat courage on the 16-mile Battle Road between Lexington and Concord?
Why were these colonists willing to fight and die for their friends?
Going back to our scriptural reference, we can get an idea by studying Jesus’ disciples. It’s clear no sane person will lay down their life for an idea they know to be a lie.
Only 1 of the 12 original disciples, John, died a natural death. Judas, the traitor, committed suicide and the other ten died various horrific deaths because of their faith in an idea.
So what exactly was THE IDEA that inspired these early Patriots to stand against the Crown?
2 years ago, as the pandemic started shutting down the globe, our film crew traveled to Massachusetts to film historians in pursuit of answers to these and other crucial questions.
Now as the pandemic seems to be in decline, we are picking up where we left off.
We will ask hard questions and explore creative strategies to ensure the next generation can learn the truth of “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
We will dig into the foundational ideas which have led American men and women for nearly 250 years to fight… and when required… to lay down their lives for their friends.
These are important questions… and they need real answers… America’s future depends on it.
Happy Patriots Day!
P.S. If you’d like to be a part of a small cadre who discuss these ideas together… in very exciting and creative locations, join us on one of our upcoming Patriot Experiences; go to https://www.PatriotMission.com to see where we’re heading next.