“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.” The Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776
Read this again and reflect about what is being said. Fifty six men signed their names to this article. Fifty six men, pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for the defense of a dream of a free land. A nation where all men are created equal. A nation that would be governed by the people.
If you scan this document slowly and recite it more than once, you will see why it is the most essential document in our nations history. In it were the words that would initiate a revolution and a war, that would start a nation that these very brave men had dreamed and prayed would be possible. But it would come at a very high price. It has been said numerous times, but it is so true.
Freedom is never free.
Everyday choices have to be made. Most of the time, these decisions are small in nature and don’t truly move or effect our lives very much. But there are those times, when we have to make decisions that will change, not only our lives, but the lives of people around us. Those that are close and mean a lot to us. When those times arrive, how difficult and big are those decisions. How many hours, or days, or weeks, do we wrestle over the choices that we have, and the decisive one that we must make. What do you do? Where do you go? Who do you intrust yourself too? Where do you find your strength?
I believe that the Declaration of Independence, if it were printed today, and had to go by the house and the senate, would not make the grade. It would by no means get through.
The first purpose for that is, God is mentioned. They wrote about their “reliance on the protection of Divine Providence”. Our politicians today can never use the word “God” or designate any mention about “God”. That would be politically incorrect. Never can you employ your religious beliefs in any way that shows you use God to help you achieve your political decisions. That’s called the "separation of church and state", which the constitution dos not contain, but that’s another day and another blog.
The second reason is, they speak of truth. Truth! Since when does the word truth and politics even go in the same sentence? It did with our fore fathers. They believed in the truth. Now, I know there were some who were not on the order of truth at all, but that stands to be accurate in any period or age. Truth has been in a war with lies since the start of time, but one point that we would all have to see eye to eye upon…morals, truth, God, and the Bible were all looked at in a very unique light back there, than they are at present. Up until 1963, the text books in our schools included the bible.
Weather you like it or not, this country was founded on Judea Christian values. God was referenced, talked about and prayed to on a very open plane. Very few were offened by this. Quite the contrary. It was an offense not to mention your God and Christian heritage. Just read some of the speeches and books that were written. How can you miss it?
But, I guess that I have to be fair. God is mentioned on a daily basis these days also. I was in a store the other day and I heard some young people referring to God quite a few times. As a matter of fact, they couldn’t stop using the name God in nearly everything they said. But it was not in the identical meaning or the same frame of mind that our forefathers meant it to be. There was no respect, dignity or revere in the way they used it. Three other words that are on a rapid decline in our society today.
Let's get back to the men who penned this great document.
It is said, that John Hancock was the first to sign and used huge letters, so that King George, would not fail to notice his signature. Hancock inherited a great fortune, when his uncle died, and became involved in revolutionary dreams that would lead to independence from Great Britain.
Lewis Morris, and Francis Lewis, from the state of New York, lost all of their property and wealth during the war. Francis Lewis was taken prisoner and shipped off to France. When he returned, his residential home and land were ruined.
Richard Stockton, after moving his household to safety, was captured and imprisoned by the British. Badly treated and in very poor condition, he died a pauper.
Joseph Hewes, who had a shipping business, and amassed a great fortune, gave the use of his ships to the service of the Continental Armed Forces. I wonder if Congress would be willing to go to this extreme?
Carter Braxton used his wealth to sponsor the war efforts and eventually lost everything.
Thomas Nelson Jr. commanded the Virginia Forces, which were exceptionally instrumental in the siege of Yorktown in the autumn of 1781.
These men knew what they were doing when they signed their names to this article, and many of them paid a great cost securing the freedoms that we take for granted in this fantastic country today. These were men of integrity, honor, respect, and brave. They did not ask people to do anything that they were not willing to do. They were devoted leaders, paving a road for all of us to stick too. But it goes much deeper than that. Words are cheap. Actions are what prove your words to be real.
Sadly, as I look around at the leaders that we have at present, I don’t see any of these qualities in them. The leaders of in our day, are the first ones out the back door the second something goes wrong. They have their hands in the cookie jar, as they tell you to go without. They are all about what feeds them, not you.
I think of the proclamation that President John F Kennedy said; ” Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” This is what we need today.
” If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
pledge this statement as well.
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