Have you ever read the text of the Declaration of Independence? We’ve made movies about it, written songs about it, and even used it to commit wrongs. But have you actually ever read the whole thing?
It’s laid out exactly why our forefathers wanted freedom: How King George treated the colonies like criminals and captured people instead of fellow Britains.
But it also explains WHY we the people deserved our freedom. GOD.
In the first two paragraphs, “the creator” is mentioned.
“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.”
The rest of the declaration speaks of the wrongs done by King George’s government. But in the last paragraph, we hear about God again, calling him the Supreme Judge of the world.
“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.”
And he is that, people. He guided the steps of the founding fathers, and even when they gave in to the evil of slavery, he was with my ancestors in that horrific time. He has always been there with us, through freedom, slavery, and freedom again.
Today, as we call out to our Supreme Judge of the World to heal OUR world, we must work with him as he guides our steps. End the violence, the intolerance, and the hatred.
Happy Independence Day!