“Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants” (Leviticus 25:10).
The Liberty Bell is an enduring national symbol for the freedom we enjoy in this nation. Originally hung in the steeple of the Old Pennsylvania State House, it was used to commemorate important events and was rung to invite Philadelphians to gather around for important public meetings and announcements.
Embossed on the bell is a bible verse: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land to the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). Early Pennsylvanians intended the inscription as a reminder that liberty comes from God. And if God gives us our rights, no government can ever take them away.
The message of freedom as a gift from God was especially appropriate for the occasion of July 8th, 1776, when the Liberty Bell famously tolled to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Not coincidentally, our national birth certificate affirms that our Creator has endowed all people with certain rights which every government must protect.
An exact replica of the Liberty Bell hangs just in front of the Idaho State Capitol steps. Visitors who read the informational plaque, which celebrates our founding principles, are offered the following invitation:
“In standing before this symbol, you have the opportunity to dedicate yourself, as did our founding fathers, to the principles of the individual freedom for which our Nation stands.”
The message of the Liberty Bell should inspire us to vigorously defend our freedom and preserve our birthright of liberty for future generations. May we be found faithful—by God’s grace.
Heavenly Father, we give thanks to you for the freedoms you have given us—freedom from the bondage of sin, the freedom to live out our faith, the freedom to raise our families, and freedom from undue government influence in our lives. Help us to understand the importance of preserving these freedoms for the next generation. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.