Today, American Independence Day, reminds us of ‘no taxation without representation’. This was the principle on which the American War of Independence was fought.
It was not simply a desire for independence, but a revolt against undemocratic control. This is the same motivation behind Brexit – the vote by the UK on 23/6/2016 to leave the European Union in order to recover its sovereignty and independence from a domineering international co-operative – billed at the time to become Britain’s ‘Independence Day’.
Another blow for freedom was struck exactly 200 years later on 4/7/1976, when the Israel Defence Forces stunned the world by the iconic rescue of Israeli hostages at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. The new state of Israel showed the world what it could do. Shortly afterwards, in the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, the Americans bungled a similar rescue of Americans held hostage in Iran when two of its helicopters crashed into each other in the desert.
Between 4/7/1776 and 4/7/1976 the world had changed dramatically. The USA has become the world’s dominant power and, of biblical significance, the state of Israel has come into being. The greatest advances have been in science and technology, and the worse changes have been the ungodly abandoning of Christianity, leading to the two world wars and horrors of the 20th century with massive slaughters promoted by atheistic regimes, notably in Russia and China.
However, in the realm of governmental democracy, celebrated by American Independence Day, it is pleasing to note that while there were only 11 democracies in the world in 1941, in 2017 there are about 123 democracies out of 192 countries in the world.
This governmental shift is consistent with the biblical teaching on the change in governmental principles that will be evident in the Millennial period of human history. Christ’s mandate for the world is on target – ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven’ Mat 6:10. ‘The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ’ Rev 11:15.