It was a birth that started with a Declaration of Independence. It was an independence that was won by military victory over an oppressive government that disregarded its own laws and responsibilities as set forth in the Magna Carta.
As an officer in U.S. Navy I endeavor to be keenly aware of the significance of historical events and the threat of history repeating itself when we fail to learn its lessons. That said I look to a document that was set forth on July 4, 1776; this foundational document in our nation’s history declared:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable 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 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.
The Declaration of Independence appeals to the God of creation, specifically the “Creator” as it alludes to that which is “self-evident.” This statement refers to a principle found in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]