The Declaration of Independence

Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:25 AM

In just a few short days, we as citizens, of what I believe to be the greatest nation on earth, will celebrate our nations birthday. The Forth of July was chosen because it was the date on which the congress of the original states unanimously adopted, what we know as the Declaration of Independence.

In this grand document, they explained both their reasons, and their justification for declaring their independence as a nation. I wonder if the men and women who serve in today’s congress had lived and served back then, would they have signed?

In this foundational document, signed by all the members of the first Congress of these United States, they declared that we were a free and independent nation. Among their arguments they stated that we as a people had the right to “assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station”. That is, that we as a people had the right to be a free and independent nation. Which, as they put it, we had the right to do because of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God”. They went on to say: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Yes, they declared that the source of our “Human Rights” is God, not the government.

The closing paragraph says: “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, ... and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — 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.”

Something to think about, isn’t it?

Pastor Tim

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