As we celebrate the 241st birthday of the greatest nation in the history of mankind, may we contribute to its healing by first giving Almighty God credit for its existence. He is prominent in the founding document that established the miracle of America. I believe, more than any other single factor, that His presence in that document has ensured our exceptionalism among all other nations. Let’s look at how the founding fathers clearly wrote God into our national fiber from day-one.
Debate and controversy seems endless as to whether God was really acknowledged and cited by the patriarchs of our nation as part and parcel to its inception. Yet, a cursory review of Declaration of Independence makes obvious what was in the minds and hearts of the author and congressional ratifiers. The first sentence references the people’s independence… “to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them.”
The second paragraph begins with the self-evident truths that all men… “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” According to the Declaration, our rights are not from man or government. They are from God.
The final paragraph, which concludes with the people’s demand for independence, begins with an appeal to… “the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude (moral correctness) of our intentions.” In other words, they were not depending on themselves for getting this right; they were depending on God.
The Declaration closes with a final sentence stating that the bold demand was being made… “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”
I know of no other nation in history that was founded on the rock-solid faith in, acknowledgement of, and dependence on the God of all Creation. Due to that position, He granted many miracles allowing the rag-tag Revolutionary Army to achieve victory over the otherwise undefeatable British. Miracles abounded in subsequent wars, economic growth on an unprecedented global scale, rights and freedoms never experienced by any other society, and unmatched scientific and technological development.
Governor Mike Huckabee said, “There is no explanation for this country outside the providence of God.” This Independence Day, seriously consider the intentional providential blessing of your citizenship as an American. Also, please take a moment to pause and thank God for immersing Himself in the affairs of our great nation beginning with the original ink from the quills of our founding fathers.
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