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And today, I was surprised and pleased to see that MarketingVOX devoted the most prominent space on its web site to the Declaration of Independence. I invite you to read the Declaration of Independence it in its entirety today and to thank God for the brave men and women who built this great nation — The United States of America.
Our founders were not shy about acknowledge a supreme Creator who endowed all men with unalienable rights, including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In the Declaration, the Creator is also referred to as “Nature’s God,” and “the Supreme Judge of the world.” The founders relied on the protection of divine Providence as they sought independence from Great Britain and as they began their awesome experiment in self-government.
This is a remarkable document. It concludes as follows:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.
I express gratitude to God on this Fourth of July and to the founders of this nation for my freedom.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey reminded us in his recent patriotic fireside address (Sunday, July 2nd) that the Constitution of the United States is the oldest living constitution on earth and that 95% of subsequent constitutions have been patterned after it.
The founders of this nation and men and women who have fought to promote its goals of “liberty and justice for all” have not limited their concern to citizens of the United States of America alone. After all, the Creator endowed all men, women and children everywhere with the same unalienable rights. It is my hope on this Independence Day that people everywhere will be reminded of the importance of freedom, the price of freedom, and the great responsibility that comes with freedom. Reading the founding documents of our nation and learning about the great sacrifices made by the founders fills me with profound respect and gratitude, and makes me want to find a way to “go and do likewise.”
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