Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July

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. . . . .

. . .The Declaration of Independence

I am thankful for the freedoms we have here in the United States of America, but I can't help but wonder how biblical the revolution was. I have not studied the Declaration in depth, but the copied portion, on first glance, appears to be contradictory to the scriptures. I think this calls for a little more study. What do you think?


Waldo Pepper said...

Oh my! But if you did that, you would also have to give thought that slavery was acceptable (not necessarily in the slave owner sense but for a person who was a slave and wanted to be free) in a "Christian" point of view because it was not condemned in the bible. There are probably many interesting cans of worms out there just waiting to be opened :)

amy said...

It was in the ancient world that slavery was practiced. In the Jewish economy it was regulated due to its practice. God did not "invent" slavery, mankind did. I think that Scripture of the New Testament continues discussing it (since it was still a current practice of the nations) and using it to illustrate that although "free" in a national sense we are slaves to either sin or to Christ (who purchases us through His blood).

I think this would be a fascinating study.

The Redding Mountain Family said...

Would I have been a Tory??