IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America,
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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. 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.
In July of 1776, our country declared its Independence and Freedom from tyranny and oppression with the Declaration of Independence. I have included it here because I don’t think we as a country read and apply it as we should in our day-to-day lives.
This initial statement of Freedom opened with a foundation in God and His power in both creation and our lives. The scripture from John 8 highlights Jesus’ declaration of Freedom and Independence from Sin.
Our initial challenge in life is much like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day in that we feel like we are independent and can solve our lives in our own way. We do not like to admit the weakness that we are a slave to anyone or anything much less to our worst enemy – ourselves. The real secret to our happiness or sadness, positive or negative, success or failure looks clearly into our eyes when we look into a mirror.
John 8:36 confirms Jesus’ statement that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and NO ONE can come to God except thru Him.
We are thankful and can celebrate today our freedom from sin in our confession of faith in Jesus Christ for our forgiveness. We also celebrate those that are serving our country today both here and in foreign lands to protect our right and freedom to worship freely and live in a free country.
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”~Thomas Campbell
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