Happy 4th of July to all of our American friends, and to all people who love freedom. Please say a special prayer for our friends and loved ones in the military who are defending our freedom with their lives.
Here's a reminder of why we celebrate our freedom on July 4th-- the most beautiful political document ever written:
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...
I've always wondered if Jefferson understood the impact his words would have. He wrote the political charter of human freedom-- freedom derived, as he says so beautifully, from our Creator.
Speaking of the Christian origins of our nation and our freedom, Rick Marschall has a superb post on America's Other Manifest Destiny.
Marschall quotes Lincoln on God and the Declaration:
If we deny God, we deny any objective basis for human rights. God-- and God alone-- is the Source of our rights and our freedom.
Abraham Lincoln characterized the impetus behind the Declaration: "[The] representatives in old Independence Hall said to the whole world of men: '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.' This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. Yes, gentlemen, to all His creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity."
God Bless America.