Declaration of Independence Dependence

“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 shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

– The United States of America – Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

 

Signing of The Declaration of Independence

John Trumbull, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

When you read this section of the Declaration of Independence that many of us had drilled into us in school you might not pick up on the most important aspect that many have come to forget about this historically important document.

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.”

I could fill several pages in a dissertation or commentary on the Christian merits of the Declaration of Independence, but I only have so much space to delve into this one line. So for the understanding of where we are headed with this

we need to start by breaking down this sentence.

Copy of the Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence – Copy – Public Domain

“We hold these truths to be self-evident”

How is it that these “truths” can be self-evident? Somewhere there must have been some moral code, some guideline that (men) would know these truths to be as it says “self-evident”. Let’s remember that our country was founded on Christian principles, our settlers came from England because of religious persecution because they refused to accept what they believed to be misguided teachings and worship of the Christian Faith. They set out to the Western World to re-establish a community based on accepted and long-standing Christian doctrine as dictated by the scriptures of the Holy Bible. God’s Word. Let’s look at some of these “truths” mentioned in this sentence in relation to the Bible.

LIFE:

Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Genesis 2:7 (NLT)

Jesus Said,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

John 14:6 (NLT)

LIBERTY:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.”

Isaiah 61:1

Jesus Said,

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

John 8:36

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:

“Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD.”

Psalms 144:15

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace
because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the
power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

There is so much more that can be attributed to the Bible in this document. For Example, “All Men are CREATED EQUAL” to say created man to recognize a divine creator, and equality comes back to Jesus’s command to “Love Everyone.” The phrase even goes into who gave us these rights we defend so strongly “that they are “endowed by their Creator” Our Creator God Almighty.

So in conclusion is the thought that maybe our country needs to bring this document, not into the historical focus of our independence from England, but more so as a document instilling our Declaration of Dependence on our God and Savior Jesus Christ who bestowed us the rights we stand for as a nation.

Just some food for thought.

Rev. Steven D. Hofmeister
Rev. Steven D. HofmeisterFounder, Senior Pastor, & President
Diakonos Independent Ministries of Maryland
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