The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 2, 1776 and signed by John Hancock on July 4, with most of the other signatories penning their names on August 2. In celebration and for reflection, I offer the following insights that flow from this Declaration and the later Constitution and Bill of Rights. These are our founding documents.
We are still catching up to the promises of the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence and Constitution declare that human rights are God-given natural rights. Governments exist to protect our rights, NOT bestow them!
“Let’s freedom ring…”
Today, I am appreciating the words and works of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. When asked about freeing the Blacks, he said that his cause was about freeing ALL people…and saving the soul of White America from the scourge of racism.
As we rightly celebrate our nation’s birth, let’s ask the Almighty for full liberation from hatred, injustice and prejudice. People of every class, gender or race or religion are made in God’s image and endowed with inalienable rights.
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land…”
May God help us relearn civil conversation, principled debate and good-faith progress toward justice in all our political circles.
Faith, hope and love.
Spiritual, emotional and relational maturity
Grace and truth.
Faith and works.
Deeds and words.
Love for God and neighbor.
Worship, work and witness.
Liberty and virtue, freedom and responsibility.
Our Adversary wants to dis-integrate our soul and society.
Christ holds the universe – and our lives – together.
July 4, 1776: Only John Hancock signed the Declaration that day – others would add their names on August 2 and beyond. John Adams, a rather dour fellow at times, was effusive that Independence be celebrated with great fanfare.
Here is my 4th of July tribute as a dual citizen of God’s Kingdom and our nation.
Rejoicing and Repenting
I rejoice in the greatest experiment in virtue-based liberty and I repent for past enslavement and oppression.
I rejoice in freedom of conscience and religion, with a free market of faiths and ideas and I repent for misguided and unjust actions in the name of any religion.
I rejoice in equality and opportunity and repent that we squander these privileges with momentary pleasures.
I rejoice that citizens have a say in their nation’s destiny and I repent from my apathy that forfeits this honor.
I rejoice in the many nations that make up our one nation (E Pluribus Unum) and I repent that the First Nations (Native Americans) were oppressed instead of embraced.
I rejoice in brave soldiers defending freedom and I repent that they often serve poor leaders and policies.
I rejoice in our compassion for the needy at home and abroad and repent for the destruction of life in the womb.
I rejoice in our Constitution and I repent that so few know it well.
I rejoice that God has blessed America and I repent of my lack of gratitude for so much mercy.
A Republic will only be as free as its citizens are virtuous. May we renew the covenants: first with Christ and then the Constitution. May we remember that governments exist to protect, not bestow God-given rights.
May God bless America…and every nation – for God loves unconditionally and judges without partiality.