The Source of Our Liberties

declaration_of_independenceJuly 4th marks the 238th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. This founding document states the biblical principles of the nativity of our nation.

It explicitly acknowledges God four times and we are told that all men are “created equal” and are “endowed by their Creator” with the unalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration cites the “laws of nature and of nature’s God” as authoritative and appeals to Him as the “Supreme Judge of the world.” Finally the Founders expressed in the Declaration their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”

These first principles of nation building, which linked to biblical truth, moral tradition and a scriptural understanding of liberty, were not withdrawn 11 years later when the U.S. Constitution was approved. The Framers did not need to restate in the Constitution what they had already established in the Declaration: God is the source of our liberties.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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