An Astounding Turn of Events

In a joint press conference this week with President Obama, the new president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, declared that he wants to model his government after the example of America's Founders. At a time when our own president is running away from the Founders, I find it quite amazing that the leader of a Muslim nation, formerly run by the Taliban, wants to emulate America's Founders. Ahmadzai mentioned in particular the self-sacrifice of the Founders in putting the interests of the nation above their own personal interests.

Ahmadzai seems like a decent man in that he graciously thanked American troops and American taxpayers for their contribution in helping his nation through its struggles. He also talked about freedom, especially for women, and expressed his hope that Afghanistan will one day have a woman as president. It probably helps that his wife, whom he describes as his partner, is a Lebanese Christian fighting for freedom behind the scenes.

In regards to America’s Founders putting national interests above their personal interests, most Americans have no idea the price that has been paid for their freedom. Each of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence knew that they were putting their lives on the line, for their act would be seen by King George III as an act of treason.

This is why, after signing the document, Benjamin Franklin injected a note of wry humor, saying, “We must all hang together or we assuredly will all hang separately” For the same reason, the Declaration concluded with this somber pledge; “And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

As expected, those fifty-six names became the British army's most wanted list. Of the fifty-six individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, and in each case, that captivity was accompanied by brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons, daughters or entire families. One lost all 13 of his children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were, at one time or another, hunted down and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes burned to the ground. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet, not one defected or went back on his pledged word.

No wonder that one of those whose name is on that document and became our second president, John Adams, declared, "Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it."

No wonder Ahmadzai wants to model his administration after America's Founders! And wouldn't it be wonderful if our own president had a similar vision and and goal!

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, historian and Bible teacher. He is the founder and director of the Revive America Project that is dedicated to reviving the hope for another great Spiritual awakening in our land. The information in this article was derived from his book, America's Revival Heritage, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com