The land of the free and the home of the brave celebrate another anniversary of independence. We remember the courageous men and women who risk their lives, fought a superior military, and endured many perilous hardships to form America. The new states rejected the tyranny of the King of Great Britain and all oppressive governments everywhere. They would rather live free or perish trying to obtain those certain unalienable rights. A unanimous declaration of independence was given on July 4th, 1776 and signed by John Hancock. The heroic founders pledged their lives and fortune to this document along with the principles of freedom that it projects.
“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.” This portion of the Declaration of Independence gives important insight into the founders’ vision. Not only does it record the ideas and principles of our Nation, but it also highlights who gave them to us. It was a unanimous declaration of where our blessings and freedom come from. Although our founding fathers fought, endured, and sacrificed much for the new land, they gave God all the glory for their monumental accomplishments. In fact, there are 5 references to God in this founding document. This is why they were victorious against all odds and started the greatest nation on earth.
This historical declaration coincides with scriptures as seen in 2 Corinthians 3:17: “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Inviting God into our country and hearts will allow these important blessings to abound. However, when we forget God we can lose them quickly. As Ronald Reagan said, “If we ever forget we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Like our founders, we need to know where our blessings come from and give him the glory. This is one step in preserving their vision and the liberties that come from heaven. Even more importantly, let’s not use our freedoms to shame our Creator. Instead, we should use it to serve him with honor and dedicate our lives to him. Also, it is time to realize Christ’s death on the cross can bring us the ultimate freedom from the bonds of sin. When Jesus sets us free, we become free indeed.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org)