WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS….OR DO WE? Andy Hollifield 7-4-17
“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 opening lines of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Do we really hold truth anymore or have we colored so many areas gray that we don’t recognize truth anymore? The truth is that in July 1776, a fledgling nation, fed up with the injustices and tyrannical domination of their mother country, declared that they were absolving all ties to Great Britain and would henceforth operate as an independent nation. So began the dream of a free nation governed by freely elected persons with the consent of the governed. By the people and for the people. A really good sounding catch phrase but pretty empty by today’s standards. In a lot of respects, we have traded one tyrant for another. Not throwing stones at any particular person or political office but the fact is that the dominant military of Great Britain was destroyed in exchange for the current machine which is the US government which has become oppressive to the people it is elected to serve.
“Self-evident” means that it does not need proof or demonstration because it is its own proof. The proof being that a freely elected government by the people and for the people could rule itself far better than any tyrannical power. Are all men really created equal? Yes, but that is where it stops. God gave us the same basic human rights and responsibilities, although our lot in life may vary greatly. “Equal” means that we are alike in value, ability, and merit, etc… How we build and add to that value with our skills acquired by using our God-given ability gives to each of us merit based on what we have accomplished.
“Created” would imply that the writers of this document that established our country believed in a higher power that had the ability to give us rights. All of them may have believed in a higher power, but not all believed in a divine God. Even the principal author Thomas Jefferson was most closely associated with Unitarianism which is a liberal religion that believes in a “free and responsible” search for truth and rejects the Trinity of God. So how could a man with these views possibly pen a document ascribing such great power and deity to a Supreme Being? He was able to put the interests of his country above those of himself. The ability for a man to have the freedom to make of himself what he wanted to be and the freedom to believe whatever he seen fit by his own conscience or believe nothing at all, was more important to the birth of a nation than his own views were.
“Unalienable” means not capable of being denied, transferred, or taken away. Basic human dignity and freedom. Somewhere along the way, those values and beliefs have been traded in for the belief that everyone must believe like someone else wishes them to or they are wrong. Throughout the history of our God-fearing nation, there have been times that our nation has believed it to be acceptable to deny those basic rights to individuals based on the fact they were different from those around them and therefore somehow less human and less deserving of rights. Just ask the Native American Indians, black people, Japanese Americans, and many others. Now, it seems to be fashionable to impose this same denial of rights on Christians, that is to say God-fearing believers in the deity of God, his Son Christ Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. If you hold those beliefs, by popular standards you are outdated and no longer wanted or needed and are standing in the way of progress.
With all of that said; we still live in the greatest country to ever grace the face of this planet. God has smiled on us from those earliest days until now. This country has stood for freedom and in defence of oppressed people around the globe, especially rising up in defence of God’s chosen people; the nation of Israel. We as a nation may have our problems but there is no where else I would rather live. I still believe in the red, white, and blue and rise to solemn attention with a swelling of pride at the first strains of “O say can you see”…? In the words of legendary country super star Charlie Daniels,” we may do a little bit of fighin’ ‘mongst ourselves but you outside people best leave us alone.” So this July 4th I want to say I am proud and thankful to be an American and I won’t forget the sacrifice of all those that died to make this country great. From those men that vowed these words: “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” to the ones that have fought and even died to keep her free, “Thank you!” Thank God for this country and on this the 241st anniversary of her birth, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and GOD BLESS AMERICA! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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