Each 4th of July, I make a habit of reading the Declaration of Independence. What’s amazing to me is that it’s constantly teaching me new lessons. This morning, a dear friend called me after midnight to be the first to wish me happy birthday. During our conversation, we talked about different generations’ perspective on history.
The thing about the period that we’re living in right now is that it’s based so frequently on instant gratification. By contrast, the Declaration teaches us something entirely different. Specifically, I’m referring to the part where it says “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.”
My wish is that this nation would return to building things that are long-lasting, resilient and sturdy. The things that the founders built were sturdy. The principles that guided their decisions have withstood the tests thrown at them. Yes, laws have had to be changed but the principles upon which this constitutional republic was built haven’t had to been changed.
Another thing that the Declaration has taught me is that the signers laid out the specific reasons why they were declaring their independence from the throne. Compare that with the flash mobs on college campuses that simply disrupt conservatives with violence. Antifa and its allies act like violent children going through terrible twos. The men who signed the Declaration acted like adults.
Finally, the other thing that the signers of the Declaration of Independence understood was that they would likely be hung for treason if they didn’t defeat the British in the Revolutionary War. That’s why these words stand so proudly:
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.
Happy Independence Day. May Nature’s God continue to bless the nation He helped create.