As most of my readers are aware, yesterday was Independence Day. That is the day that the United States of America celebrates independence: Not only from Great Britain and the tyrannical rule that was happening at the time, but independence from all forms of rule which would inhibit freedom. Or so we think.
As the world progresses, we lose our freedom. With every administration, more laws are passed which limit personal liberty ever more. As I heard on a recent Vicious Circle episode (and I have to paraphrase here, I don't recall the exact phrase, or who said it), "It doesn't matter who is driving, we're still going the same direction. Some drivers just happen to not be accelerating toward destruction as quickly as others." This was said in reference to republican, or conservative, vs democrat, or liberal. Such a simple yet profoundly true statement.
One of the key reasons for this, I think, is a fundamental shift in understanding of what liberty is, and where it's origins can be found. For the sake of this discussion, we'll focus on American Liberty, as opposed to general liberty.
Let's look at history. 235 years and 1 day ago, a document was signed which declared our independence from another tyrannical rule. This document is vital to our history. This document is the official announcement of the people of the United States of America that they would not live in subjection to a power which was going to rule them in an unfair, or unjust manner. It marked the separation of America from Britain. The war, the constitution, and the rest were related, but this key document did more to establish freedom for the people than any other. So let's take a look at the phrases used to establish that liberty, and where we stand today in relation.
The first paragraph:
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.
From the beginning of the document we see reference to the world (Nature) and the Creator of the world (Nature's God). As far as introductions go, this one is excellent. It introduces the source of the freedom to be discussed in depth, as well as the purpose of the document, and what the result of it will be. no beating around the bush, no wavering, or making excuses, just straight to the point, and effective.
The first portion of the next paragraph is what so many of us remember from school, and hear quoted so often in life:
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,
This reiterates the source of human rights: The Creator. The words 'of humanity' can easily appended to His title, as the implication is that the One who created humanity is the One who decides what rights we shall have, and how we should govern ourselves.
This is a key point, and the focus of my thoughts today. We live in an era which has done everything to remove God from any public forums. If we fail to keep God in some form of public recognition, the foundation of our rights becomes diluted, and baseless. This erosion will lead to a loss of liberty, and return us to the days of unjust, unfair, slave-like subjugation by government.
This is NOT, by any means, a demand, or even a request, for a formal, official government-pushed religion. Quite the contrary, the concept here is that all men have the freedom to worship whomever they want, in whatever manner they want. The bases of that freedom is also from God. From a political perspective, God must exist to be the source of rights, as a power higher than the government. If the people chose to worship or not, that's not the government's concern. Maintaining their freedom to worship is.
If we allow God to be removed from public office as we have been doing, we will certainly lose these freedoms. Our independence from government and tyranny will be replaced. We will again be dependent on the state for all of our needs. We will not have the luxury of choosing how to shape the world around us. We will no longer share the experiences of living in this great nation, which has been built on the ideas found in the Bible of Christianity. That foundation must remain intact if we are to continue in our liberty.
At the end of the day, it is important to remember that whether or not you believe that God does exist, you must believe that the people of this world derive their rights from Him, as a power higher than government. This is what keeps the door opened to allow a just self-governance. This is what gives people the freedom to live life as they see fit.
I strongly urge you to read the rest of the Declaration of Independence at the link above. Study it. See what the king of England was doing at the time. Compare each of the statements of his actions to the government today. Replace 'he' with 'they' or 'the feds' or 'congress' or 'the president.' It is alarming how similar our country is today to what we faced as a people in those days. Look at where we are today as a result of the work done by those who signed the document. And thank God for the 235 years of freedom we have enjoyed.