Over the decades, much has been done to minimize the vital contributions of Americans and to magnify their inadequacies, faults, and wrongs. Great people are not gods, but they are called "great" because at some point they did something positive, heroic, or noble. As a result, there is everything right about looking at what is right, with the goal of following that which is right. Samuel Adams did much worth noting:
-Graduated from Harvard at 18
-Did not want to be a brewmaster
-Did not want to be a clergyman
-Failed as a tax collector
-Lost his first wife when he was 35
-Turned around in his 40's
-Argued "no taxation without representation"
-Wrote countless articles against English injustices
-Elected to Massachusetts Legislature
-Formed the Committees of Correspondence designed to inform and unite the Colonies
-Served in the Continental Congress
-Signed the Declaration of Independence
-Attended the Massachusetts US Constitutional Convention
-Elected Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
-Elected Massachusetts Governor four times
Samuel Adams spent the first twenty years after college going uncertain directions, but he saw a change that took him into politics, an area for which he was well suited. He failed to let failures lead to ultimate failure. He was willing to serve as a foundation builder of liberty, then to yield the Revolutionary spotlight to his cousin John Adams and others after his essential work of communications had been needed most.
Sam Adams should not be known as a brewmaster.
Sam Adams, on the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, said the following:
"We have this day restored the Sovereign to which all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising of the sun, let his kingdom come."
As a warning to future generations, he cautioned: "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners [conduct] are universally corrupt."
In his will, Adams stated his faith in God: "I resign my soul to the Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying on the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins."
Americans need to know about the good that people have done and take steps to follow their goodness. "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34
Thanks be to God for Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution.