Happy birthday, America. Even though you are showing your age and there’s cancer growing from within, your prognosis is hopeful. The Spirit that brought you into the world is still alive. Its pulse is strong, and for that, I am grateful.
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,—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, 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.JULY 4, 1776 – THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As in 1776, the forecast of victory over what ails us today seems daunting. The strongholds within our institutions are too great. The enemy is too ubiquitous. And yet, the majority of Americans still love America and its founding principles.
Like the relentless love of a faithful husband, we are devoted to Our Bride. We chose Her. We sought Her. We love Her. Because of our devotion, we will uphold America as a symbol of light in the darkness. We will make Her an emblem of mercy and our future with Her a miracle of grace.
This faithfulness, this countercultural love, is rooted in God’s love, for we are One Nation Under God, and In God We Trust. This love will shine the brightest when our “marriage” is hardest, just as it feels like today.
The challenging aspects of our present time, as in 1776, can become the greatest stage for true love. Displaying what it means to be chosen, forgiven, and treasured by God is the glory of our founding declaration. Our beams of light are strongest when they shine through our weaknesses and struggles.
Would you mind praying for America with me? Kindly pray for all who are in authority, in order to lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Pray that all people are saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. God can use the prayers of His people to accomplish His will and turn America back to Himself.