At this 235th Celebration of our Declaration of Independence, it is desirable to be reminded not only of our nation’s freedoms and liberties but also of our mutual responsibilities to maintain them, by nurturing a virtuous society. Our freedoms only work if they are tempered by the Biblical virtues of goodness and self-control and then guaranteed by laws, to which we mutually agree to be governed.
When Biblical virtues are not taught—whether at home, at school, or by America’s educator-in-chief, the TV set—they become ignored and wilt, like dead plants on the national landscape. Consider this line from the second verse of one of our sacred, political hymns, America, the Beautiful:
America, America, God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.
Our liberty is protected and enshrined in our laws, but a genuine freedom requires we restrain and govern ourselves in order to successfully govern our nation. It’s a timeless concept, worth remembering this Fourth of July and every day going forward.