On July 4, 1776, the thirteen United States of America declared their independence. To explain their reasons for this action to the world, these brave Americans issued their Declaration of Independence. As we prepare to celebrate this event two hundred and thirty-three years later, let’s remember the principles expressed by the founders in the preamble to this great document.
“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.”
The rights recognized by our founders were based on their faith in a Creator who imparted those rights to mankind. They delineated three such rights as being so completely understood as to be “self-evident.” These rights were not just listed, they were ordered. They acknowledged by the sequencing of these rights that an unalienable right to life is essential for liberty, and the right to life and liberty is essential to the pursuit of happiness. They define the role of government is to secure these rights.
This weekend, remember with gratitude the principles on which our great country was founded and pray that we soon restore all of these rights to unborn children. Let’s also remember what our founders were willing to risk to secure these rights.
“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.”