In my view there was a need to change on a global scale from a Monarchy System to something better, and that something better was a system of Government designed by God to carry out God's sovereignty and will for the world that he created. I believe God installed in our Forefather Morals and Ethics that were transcribed into the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution to start a form of Government that was more inline with his wishes.
To that end, this country has established itself as a prominent power on the World Wide Theater and has accomplished some astonishing things as we have changed and evolved through the years for the betterment of mankind. Abolishing slavery, stopping the destruction in Europe in the First World War and defeating Hitler and his war on God's chosen people...the Israeli's, and ultimately helping them to establish their nation again.
But just as their is Justification through Faith, there is also danger in having freedom, and without morals and ethics to keep us from turning to the left or to the right, without a moral compass, we are in danger of turning our back on the Creator of Life. It is no different then grabbing my 6 year old daughter and holding her down until she says "I love you Dad", because doing so has no meaning to it. God has given us a choice so that when we do worship God, it has just as much meaning as when my daughter comes up to me while sitting in my chair and says, "Dad, I love you". How how much more meaning that has, and that is what he wants from us. Today, as a Nation, I feel we are turning our back on God and the moral standards on which this country was founded and there are undoubtedly consequences for that.
Personally I see Maine as an example of this. A State that has the dubious honor of having not only the worst business climate for the 3rd straight year in a row, but also has the lowest church attendance by population. As one guy said, "Maine is always in a recession", and I think it is no coincidence that turning our back on God is a consequence of that.
So I do not see our Forefather's as worthy of worship...I see them as having God-Inspired Morals and Ethics that we should cherish today, but merely they were men at the right time, and the right place in which global change was needed and placed there by God. Unfortunately for this country we are not mentioned in the end times. There may be reasons why we are not mentioned, but ultimately it shows we are not of influence when God chooses to truly reign on this earth. Still it would be silly to throw up our hands now and say, "well this is it, throw in the towel", because we are told in the bible not to do that, to stand up and fight for the morals and ethics we were originally built upon for as long as we can. We may know that our influence will some day end, but we do not know when.
As for my own family, we have paid the ultimate price as a family, losing family members in conflict for both the Kind of England (French and Indian War) and during the American Revolution. The latter died for an idea of government that they were willing to lay down their lives for because their God-Inspired Morals and Ethics derived from the bible, not from an allegiance to the Continental Congress.