Monday, November 5, 2012

The Declaration of Independence

At the end of American Patriots, Rick Santorum quotes the Declaration of Independence. I can't remember, but I am thinking the last time I would have read it as in High School. And my guess it is for you as well. That's probably not a good thing. This is a document that was written to declare that our nation would be independence of the nation of Great Britain. It is a very serious and historic document for Americans. 

Because tomorrow is a really big day for our country, and since my guess is that not many people have read it recently, I thought I would post part of it today. Let me be very clear. I am not claiming to be an expert in political law or in the Declaration of Independence. Probably all I know about this document I learned from National Treasure. I know it's sad, but at least I am admitting it. I am a pastor who loves Jesus more than my country. But that does not mean I do not love being an American. I love the freedom that I have. I just do not let that freedom define who I am as a person. My Christianity defines me. 

But as I read the Declaration of Independence, I was blown away at how Theocentric it is. The founders of America were very much dependent upon their Creator and were willing to lay themselves at the altar of His Judgement for their actions. Read it, maybe you will see what I saw. And then ask yourself, "How Should This Document Affect The Way I Vote?"
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one 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 effect 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 . . . 
. . . We, therefore, the Representative 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 Allegiances 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."

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