We hold these truths…
"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," The Declaration of Independence, July 4th 1776
We hold these truths… Truth is unchangeable and undeniable. It can be repressed, outlawed, banned, and forced into hiding but it can never be extinguished.
Self evident… Truth stands alone, it needs no corroboration. Truth is self revealing.
Created Equal, that they are endowed by their Creator… The source of all truth is almighty God. It is only when we recognize that we are all God’s treasured creation that we truly grasp the value of every individual and their right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Life… Every person is a divine creation. From the moment of conception an individual deserves the right to exist as God created them
Liberty… Freedom to live one’s life as they see fit while not infringing on another’s liberty.
Pursuit of Happiness… The right to dream and the right to pursue that dream.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed… Government exists only to preserve these rights and its power is always subject to the people’s permission and consent.
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,… When Government becomes an oppressive or intrusive institution it is the right and even the duty of the people to rise up and take the necessary steps to throw off the shackles of unjust or infringing rule.
So as you celebrate Independence Day take a moment and read the very words that we so often take for granted. May God grant mercy and guidance to our government and to ourselves.
I’ll close with the words of the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.
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.