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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.

At the end of the Declaration is this rousing paragraph and note that twice God is invoked:

“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; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; 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.”

President Lincoln in his Getttysburg Address quoted the Declaration of Indepence. We accept, without batting an eye, learning his speech in secular schools with the Declaration’s statement that we are “created”.  President Lincoln’ s speech, as does the Declaration,  flies in the face of evolutionism and secularism and relativism. We can not edit out the Lord from the Declaration as many do so in our public life.

Since we are created, it means we are limited as this points to the Creator. Government is to limit wrong but not freedom.  We are  created  equal in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which government of the people is to defend but  not to inhibit and deny.  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are marks of us, the created. These “self-evident” (like the nose on my face!) and “unalienable rights” are from God the Creator, not the government and that declaration is what is new in the history of governance in the world.

Freedom is to be our natural state.  This came about, though, not by force of reason but by the Creator who sent His Son into the world.  Just think, that at the time of the Roman Empire, the radical quality of these words:  “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again toa yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5: 1). Freed by Christ from sin, death and power of the devil, then political freedom is a secondary, and welcome outcome.  Freedom comes from the Lord, not the Old Adam.  It is not only freedom from tyranny, but also freedom for others, to serve and love our neighbors.  Once we think government gives us those rights then the State becomes god, an idol and it’s just as evil as government denying those God-given rights by slavery of any sort, including servitude to the state.

In a world where the tyrannies of a godless secularism that worships only our unappeasable appetites abounds in our nation and in a world in which we see the march of a new virulent political tyranny of the sharia law centered religious state, we must fight for freedom and the words which the Declaration embodies, as first heard and still is in, with  and under, the Word of God.  Let us still be dedicated to the cause for which those men who pledged their lives, fortune and sacred honor this day in thanksgiving to the Lord for the many who died to defend the  proposition that  all people are created equal!

Lord, keep this nation under Your care. Bless the leaders of our land that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to the other nations of the earth. Grant that we may choose trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and serve You faithfully in our generation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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