When members of the Second Continental Congress approved the remarkable document known as The Declaration of Independence, they plainly declared their belief in God. The drafters of this noble proclamation knew that the sweeping freedoms they were proposing could work well only in a society where the Creator is acknowledged. They affirmed that God has “endowed” all people with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” because He values each of us.
Thomas Jefferson, often erroneously called an agnostic, was distressed by the injustice and sin he saw. He wrote, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” If he trembled then, he would have a violent seizure now!
America has been blessed because it was founded on biblical principles. But we are gradually losing our God-given freedoms because society is denying that the Lord is God. With a growing refusal to acknowledge Him, it’s no wonder violent crime in the United States has climbed more than 75 percent during the last 20 years!
True freedom can never be enjoyed by people who refuse to fear God. Let’s pray for our nation and recommit ourselves to living as God’s people should.
Every blessing in our nation
Is a gift from God above,
But we cannot know true freedom
Till we trust His grace and love. —Hess
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. —Psalm 33:12