12 Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD—
the people He has chosen to be His own possession!
"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 to 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."
And so began the Declaration of Independence that was unanimously signed by 56 representatives, who were lawyers, doctors, merchants, farmers, landowners and preachers from the 13 English colonies on the North American continent on July 4, 1776. After stating thier grievances they concluded the declaration in this way:
"We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
Now it doesn't take any thing more than a grade school education to realize that they relied on God to help them through this dangerous endeavor, and it is very evident that they committed their course of action with their solid reliance upon "nature's God, "the Supreme Judge of the world", "Divine Providence".
They pledged themselves under God to follow a course that would create the greatest nation that ever has been founded by mankind upon the earth. It is not arrogance for us to believe such, because along with that standing in the world comes great responsibility.
If we are true believers that God is in control of all things, then we are to believe that He had a special purpose in allowing our nation to be founded, and to survive the many difficulties that we have encountered over 239 years. And because He has protected and preserved our Nation, we have to measure up to the great responsibility which He has placed upon us.
What is this responsibility that we are called to? It is first to seek and uphold Him in all we do; to commit ourselves to His work of helping our fellow man, to being good stewards over all He has given us, to render justice to those who are oppressed, to proclaim His truth to all, and to insure liberty for all who seek it.
The true happiness of the citizens of our Nation can only be guaranteed if we will commit our lives to serving God and each other. There is no room for selfish pursuits and pettiness. This "Grand Experiment" as it was called was for the benefit of all mankind, and only if we commit our endeavor to God, can we ever hope secure the freedoms that we have been granted.
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?"
- Thomas Jefferson
(Do you see any "separation of church" and state here? Wasn't it Thomas Jefferson that supposedly created the separation that exists today? I don't think so! Make sure you and those that come after you understand the God-given principles upon which we were founded.)