“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.” Declaration of Independence
As I have written in previous articles, the Christian heritage and founding of the American Nation is fact of history which is incontrovertible. In fact, many of the groundings of American society such as elections, the right of conscience, the sanctity of life and free market capitalism, find their origin in the Scriptures. Even the three branches of the U.S. Government–the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches derive from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 33, verse 22:
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
What is less understood by many is that when we forsake the Biblical foundation upon which this great nation was founded, we begin to dismantle the foundations of our greatness. This is evident all around us and no more true than in a discussion regarding Biblical Creation.
Our Founding Fathers understood this and articulated it in what has become the most famous English sentence in the annals of history, the second line of the Declaration of Independence:
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.
Our Founders and Framers were very aware of the existence of their Creator. In fact, they describe the Creator’s existence and blessings of “unalienable rights” as “self-evident.” Romans 1:18-20 states that all people, everywhere know that God exists.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
In their minds, and through their quills, they directly link the Bible and Liberty. When Benjamin Franklin, fresh from the Constitutional Convention, was asked what kind of government was established, Franklin replied: ” A Republic. If you can keep it.” He also said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” They understood that if in the future, the people forsook their Biblical heritage, the whole house would come crashing down. In fact, Proverbs 11:3 states:
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Our Republic was established and firmly ensconced upon the foundation of the Bible, most notably the fact that we were created and endowed with liberties from that Creator.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
You cannot remove the Creator from society while retaining liberty. As we have seen in America, the more we have rejected God, our Creator, the greater loss of liberties we have suffered.
If Liberty is granted by the State, then the State can rescind those liberties at anytime. If however, our Liberties come from the Creator, they are inviolable and not subject to the whims of man.
The creation thing is tied to the freedom thing.
Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people
May revival break out in the hearts of men and women across the fruited plain…beginning with me.
For further reading on the Christian Heritage and Founding of America: