Friday, July 3, 2009
Independence, It Began With The Declaration
Personally, this is my favorite Carman song, America Again. This is not the actual music video, but the actual one glitched frequently as I watched it on Youtube. However, this one is very, very good.
Tomorrow, the United States of America will be 233 years old. It was July 4, 1776 that the United States signed the Declaration of Independence and left Great Britain’s control. So this weekend, we’ll see a lot of the things that an old car commercial said was America many years ago; Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, Chevrolet, fireworks. Oh yes, fireworks have become part of the culture of the 4th of July. I can still remember my first fireworks display at the old Skyline Drive-In back in the mid seventies.
If you’ve been an any American history class, you know that the reason that people fled Britain and the surrounding areas was for religious freedoms. Throughout the Constitution, there are references to God (in several forms).Ironically, there are only three references to God in The Declaration of Independence.
The first reference is from the first paragraph. I’ll post all of it because you need it to understand what is being said.
“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 Nature God’s entitle them, a descent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to their separation.”
This reference is talking about the rights that God gives us as humans. The declaration is saying that Britain was not giving these rights, or at least the leadership was not. The second reference continues that thought, “…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Primarily what these colonists were telling the throne was that they would not surrender their rights any longer and wanted to make sure that they had their own rights protected.
The final reference is the close referring to God as Divine Providence, meaning that they would be relying on God that this would be the correct course of action that they have taken. They no longer believed that Britain was acting in their best interest. Seven years later, Cornwallis surrendered in war and America had fought for its freedom and won over Great Britain.
Many things have changed in 233 years, but if you look around this land this weekend you will see the pride of this country in flags flying everywhere. Enjoy the weekend, pray for America and be safe.
I love you guys!