Are You Ready to Pledge your Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor?
When the signers of the Declaration of Indepence pledged their lives, forturne and sacred honor, it was not just a symbolic, but also a literal gesture. If caught by the British, they would be killed. By the end of the Revolutionary war, many of them were bamkrupt because they gave all to the cause of freedom. They valued freedom over material posession. Sacred Honor, is a term that has no equal or meaning in today’s world. We live in a society where self preservation and self gain are the goal and any means to that end is justified. Ethics and morals have become situational rather than enduring principles to found a life on.
Abraham Clark was a signer of the Declaration of Independence whose life demonstrates his willingness to give his life, fortune and keep his sacred honor. His sons were taken prisoner during the Revolutionary war. When the British discovered that they had the sons of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, they knew they had a great bargaining chip. They wrote to Abraham saying we will not feed your sons until you denounce your signing of the Declaration of Independence and come out in support of the king. Abraham Clark sent word that he would give the British all he had if they would let his sons go. The British did not accept this offer and again sent word that his sons would not be fed until he denounced his singing of the Declaration of Indepencence. This time, Clark responded by offering his own life for that of his sons. Again, the British did not accept and demanded his denunciation of the revolutinary cause. Abraham Clark knew that if he denounced all he stood for, so that his sons might live, he would in reality give them a legacy of dishonor worse than death. Broken hearted, Abraham Clark wrote back that he would not denounce his signing of the Declaration of Independence. In so doing, he thought that he had signed his sons’ death warrant. Providentially, he did not. His sons were freed in a final prisoner exchange. Abraham Clark showed us what sacred honor truly is. Today more that ever, we need a society filled with people who are willing to live by their sacred honor. Is it your mission to be one of these people and inspire others to do likewise? We need a country filled with sacred honor in order for liberty to survive.
What about fortune? Without sufficient funds, our Founding Fathers could not have pulled off the cause of liberty. The currency printed by the Americans during the revolution became worthless and inflated. Were it not for Robert Morris, William Williams, signers of the Declaration of Independence and others like them, who stepped forward and gave their money and resources for the cause of liberty, the Revolutionary War would not have been successful. In 1779, Williams exchanged $2,000 in specie of his own money for the worthless Continental money so that the army would have the supplies they needed. He lost almost all his money. The army got the supplies needed. Morris borrowed money on his own credit for General Washington and the Continental army when there was dire need of funds. Thomas Nelson another signer, raised $2 million dollars for the revolution. He used his own estates as collateral. When the notes came due, congress refused to honor them. He died in poverty at age 50. He gave all he had for liberty.
According to Dr. Oliver DeMille, in order for freedom to win today, in the United States we will need about 3% of our population ( 7 million) sucessful, entrepreneurs, innovators or initiators to create what he calls mini-factories. A mini-factory is a small business that does something as good or better than Big Business and is successful at it. Why would this matter? Small businesses create about 80% of the wealth generated in the United States today. If most of the nation’s resources and wealth reamain in the hands of small businesses run by freedom loving individuals, it will give liberty the resources to again thrive in the United States. Is it your mission to start a mini-factory? Is it your mission to keep free enterprise alive and well in America?