American Citizenry – A New Hope

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and
to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to
which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect
to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the separation.

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, —

The first 10.5 lines of The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The idea of citizenship based on Natural Law or the innate character of humans was radical in 1776. That concept gave birth to the American spirit and the freest, most liberating country in the history of humankind. That freedom did not come free. It has been produced and retained with much loss, pain, and suffering. The United States of America has never claimed to be perfect, however, our foundational principles have made us radically different from the rest of the world since birth.

Even though American citizens, and our foundational principles, are under unprecedented attack from external and internal progressive forces, the majority of Americans respect and want to retain the founding integrity of The Constitution of the United State of America. We feel like the luckiest people in the world because we are American citizens.

Progressives claim that human nature changes, and therefore, we must adapt and evolve The Constitution to reflect more modern, enlightened times. They believe the idea of citizenship based on Natural Law or the innate character of humans no longer applies. That belief is an age-old enemy of citizenship. It is untrue and harmful. Since the dawn of humans, we were created with a certain intent and design. We were created in the image of our Creator, who is also Spirit, and is the same then, now, and in the future. Our nature does not change because our nature was given to us by the One who owns the patent of our design. What changes from human to human is behavior because we have been given free will, the freedom to make decisions. Our behavior changes, but our nature is constant. Every human has a spirit, which is uniquely their spirit. When our individual spirit aligns with our Creator’s Spirit, then we are able to think, act, and love like He does. When our spirit is out of balance with His, then we produce relational discord.

Our spirit surrounds us, flows from us, and controls us. We have a destiny given to us by our Creator if we want to follow it. We have a purpose but must discover what it is. That discovery only happens if we align our spirit with His Spirit. In other words, the core is His Spirit. Our spirit falls to either side of the core, the dark side or the light side, based on our free will, i.e. our choices.

The dark side is motivated by selfishness, whereas the light side is by selflessness. The dark side produces greed, anger, hate, and suffering. The light side produces the joy of living and serving other humans. The light side transforms hearts with an understanding we are on earth to serve, not be served. When you’re serving others, you can’t think about yourself, and therefore there’s no pain as there is with the dark side..

The dark side caters to greed. It is a short-lived experience, and one is constantly trying to replenish it. The more it’s replenished, the harder it becomes to replenish. It results in a closed-loop behavior of upping the anty with every cycle. Spirits on the dark side are perpetually unhappy. They never get enough of anything they want. Their selfishness centers around power and control. Their struggle is always being able to let go of it. They are never satisfied and are consumed by the desire to have more and more stuff.

The only way to overcome dark side temptation is through discipline and alignment with God’s Spirit, the core baseline. The dark side is temporary and easy to achieve. The light side is everlasting and difficult to achieve. To walk on the light side, you must overcome laziness, resist quick pleasures, and let go of the fear of losing your stuff, which leads to anger and hate.

You see, human nature has not changed. From the beginning, we’ve had a choice: dark side or light side? Our Founding Fathers, while imperfect human beings, understood that. They created a system of government, and an American citizenry, that is worthy of preserving. As long as we remain vigilant and the majority, the power under our uniquely American system is in our hands. We can speak out and stop the erosion of citizenship. We can have a rebirth of, and new hope for, American citizenry.

May God’s Spirit be with America always.

Published by Marc Casciani

Bridging brothers & sisters to what's important. Author of Craft Your Calling. Host of the Neighborly Love podcast.

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