Looking At The Declaration of Independence

I know it is rare for me to post twice in one day but due to scheduling and other issues I have not been able to post in a while so I wanted to get both these up today. 

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 

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…. 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. –Declaration of Independence[i]

As I was reviewing this great document of our history, a few thoughts came to mind:

  • One glance at the beginning and the end of this document does show one thing: in contrast to popular history, the framers of the Declaration of Independence acknowledged God as: The God over Nature, as Creator and our Protector. Their belief in God is there for all to read and goes against the popular notions that there was no religious base in our nations founding.
  • They acknowledged all men were (and are) created equal.
  • These men committed themselves at personal sacrifice. They were laying everything on the line here and they knew it.

I think if there is one thing different between Americans then and Americans today (besides lax morals) is their leaders were statesmen and ours are politicians. They had business, farms, and practices that had to be left to serve their country. A few examples are:

·         Josiah Bartlett- New Hampshire, a physician and judge

·         Benjamin Franklin-Pennsylvania, a printer, writer, etc.

·         John Witherspoon- New Jersey, Clergyman, Author, Educator. Was President of College of New Jersey (now Princeton) from 1768-1792.

While they has statesmen who were concerned with forming a new and great republic at great personal sacrifice (and possible death if caught),  we now have professional politicians whose main concern is keeping their jobs one more term and getting as much pork as possible for their districts. Personally, I thing we ought to throw them all out (in proper elections, of course) and start over with a new bunch.

 

Lastly and most importantly, we need to remember we were a Christian nation and the Christian ethics is what made us great not because of our ethics but of the God behind them:

 

Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD –Psalm 33:12

And we can be greater yet again if we remember this.


[i]The Declaration Of Independence, http://www.ushistory.org http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm#

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