A Principle to live by on July 4th

” 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.”

— The Declaration of Independence – July 4th 1776.

America was founded on the racial idea that all men are created equal. According to historians and political scientists The Declaration of Independence was an astonishingly radical document. However this noble founding principle did not stop southern white men from going to war, almost one hundred years later. The Confederate rebellion failed but the country endured and African Americans, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Indians continued to expand their human rights and status.

As I look out from Ireland to America, my second home, on July 4th, I can’t help but ask the question.

Are you facing a similar rebellion today against that founding principle?

Are you ready and willing to defend the idea of human equality?

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence sacrificed a lot. Lincoln reminded Civil War Americans to “take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

This 150th blog lines up with Psalm 150 in the Psalter. It’s the last of 5 thanksgiving psalms and calls everyone, everywhere to praise God for his mighty acts of power and surpassing greatness. It’s a fitting psalm for today.

Happy Independence Day, everyone, everywhere !!

2 thoughts on “A Principle to live by on July 4th

  1. Congratulations on 150 blogs! That’s fantastic. Also, as one who is an American, sometimes we (as people) struggle with the idea that someone (or even a country) can believe in ideals they don’t actually live. I can see how, in practice, Americans have varying degrees of maturity and self-awareness. However, America was founded on ideals that were way before their time. We’re still figuring out how to walk out those ideals, but without the ideal, no one ever strives for something better. Someone has to think it before anyone is living it. When we find ourselves convicted by our own ideals, that (to me) is an indication that the ideals were inspired by an existence higher than our own.


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