Daily Devotional

"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." - Proverbs 26:12 NIV

The Declaration of Independence

The 4th of July is a time to reflect on the privileges and responsibilities of being an American. But this is not an easy day for today’s America when it comes to values, the breakdown of the family, materialism, sexual immorality, and crime. We must stop trying to do what is right in our own eyes and begin doing what is right in God’s eyes. It’s the key to God blessing America. And that’s something we all need to consistently pray for.

I believe it’s time for a little refresher course. It’s a bit long, but please take the time to read it and reflect on how our nation has begun to detour from the intentions of the signers. Here is a portion of the “Declaration of Independence” that was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776:

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 of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States….

With renewed hope and determination, let’s all say, “God Bless America!”

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