Independence Day in the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of 1776. The day that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, no long under British rule.
The Declaration explained why Congress had voted to declare independence from great Britain. One of the greatest documents ever written, the essence of it’s meaning is found in line two of the draft:
“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.”
This would include the “unalienable” right to freedom. When the scriptures say that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, that includes poverty, sickness, and death, I think of the purchased price of our redemption.
In America today, we are divided among many racial, political, and social-economic lines. I believe for us to function as a community, we must realize that unity is essential. You wouldn’t find this in Webster’s Dictionary, but UNITY is spelled, “You and I Tie.” What a powerful definition.
The Great Northern Geese give us a powerful example of working together: they fly in the “V” formation because flying in this formation is 70% more efficient than flying alone. The birds honk from behind to encourage the other birds to keep flying and keep up the pace. What a great lesson in working together.
We must continue to work together; to live together; and to stand together; And, to keep honking for our fellowman. The power to encourage others and to embrace what is different, sets us apart as God’s creation.
I dedicate this Independence Day to the families of all of our fallen First Responders, and to the families of Mr. Martin, Mr. Brown, Mr. Gray, Mr. Crutcher, and Mr. Castile. May we continue to remember our Unalienable right to freedom, life, liberty, and happiness. And oh yes, the freedom to take a simple walk down the street.
Happy fourth of July and Keep standing on the Rock!!