By Bill Shuler, ,
Published May 07, 2015
The theologian, Carl F. H. Henry, pronounced a prophetic call a generation ago when he said, “The Barbarians are coming.” He spoke not of foreign armies invading our land but of generations rising up who would have little regard for God.
As America celebrates 234 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we must remember that there is a clear distinction between the signing of a document and the fulfillment of the ideals set forth in that noble decree.
Those who drafted and signed the Declaration in 1776 sought to make it abundantly clear that our rights come not from man or from any document. Americans have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because, “They are endowed by their creator.”
Freedom and liberty are not the creation of man but of God. The role of God in American history is noted on the Liberty Bell itself with the Bible inscription “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10)
Today we have weighed historical veracity and political correctness on the balance scales and have found the former wanting.
References to God that are found in the public domain are fodder for legal battles.
Even the soil of cemeteries is not off limits to those who would seek to redefine freedom as being freedom from God.
The Declaration of Independence commemorates the signing of intent not the culmination of independence. George Washington knew this full well when he wrote a letter to his wife on July 3, 1776. It reads in part, “In a few days, you will see a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God. I am fully aware of the toil and blood and treasure what it will cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states; yes, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”
Today’s true patriots will not allow revisionist historians to rewrite God’s place in America’s story. To take a stand is the least we can do if we are to be vigilant to maintain the declaration written 234 years ago. It is our sacred trust.
Rev. Bill Shuler is pastor at Capital Life Church in Arlington, Virginia. For more visit CapitalLife.org.
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