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A Renewed Declaration

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Today isn’t the Fourth of July.  We don’t celebrate a date.  Today is Independence Day.  We celebrate the birth of the idea that is America.  That idea had enemies.  The British Crown and Parliament oppressed the Colonies to the point of violating our British constitution.  Our rebellion to tyranny did not begin at the point where we couldn’t take it anymore, but our principles emboldened us to rebel when we wouldn’t take it anymore.  We reached a point where our love of liberty told us “We have had enough.”  Because of our Christian faith, we had the moral courage to stand in the face of despotism.

“In God We Trust” became our motto, and in his trust we pledged to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.  We held God’s truths to be self-evident, that all men are BFRebelliontoTyrants1created equal, not in financial situation, not in talent, but in dignity.  The servant is created equal with his master.  Subjects are created equal with the king.  No longer are we slaves to be ruled by a cruel despot.  We realized our Christian duty is to free the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor.  We believed that “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

We didn’t just believe.  We acted.  We didn’t misapply “Turn the other cheek.”  We stopped the hand of the tyrant from abusing us anymore.  We weren’t afraid of violence.  We weren’t conflict averse.  We didn’t relish the fight, but we did fight.  Through the godly use of violence we destroyed the power of those who oppressed the weak.

Ours is a noble beginning.  Ours is a godly foundation.  Imperfect in its application, but honorable nonetheless.  Our association as a people is not in a single ethnicity.  America is God’s idea, an idea of life, liberty, equality for all who cherish it.  We are a great nation because we believe in the God of that great idea.

We are not without enemies, though.  We have foreign and domestic enemies that want to fundamentally transform that sacred idea into a demonic tyranny.  These agents of tyranny live among us.  These tyrants give their allegiance to foreign gods.  They have fomented lawlessness and chaos.  They have orchestrated the murders of 57 million children.  They have confiscated our property.  They have introduced sexual confusion.  They have created crisis on the border.  They have required us to violate our consciences.  They have refused to enforce our laws.  They have abused governmental authority to torment and punish their political opponents.  They have refused to defend the righteous.

They have forfeited the privilege to govern free men.
Fredrick Douglass
We have suffered a long train of abuses and usurpations.  Those who govern us have demonstrated a plan to reduce us under absolute despotism.  Those who govern us have destroyed lives, liberty, and property.  It is our right.  It is our duty to oppose such tyranny.  To do any less would be disobedience to our God.

So, on this Independence Day, let us reaffirm our dependence on the Author of our liberty.  Let us pledge allegiance to our Sovereign King.  With our knees bowed to the King of heaven, we will have the courage to stand before tyrants.  If God be for us we are fighting a winnable war.  With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence we will once again celebrate our independence.

America the Beautiful

After the presidential election of 2012, my enthusiasm for America has been tempered.  Since my countrymen chose the subservient chains of a sheltered tyranny over the wild adventure of emancipating liberty the colors of the flag lost their luster.  The honor of service was stripped of its joy.  My countrymen are turning America into something ugly.  I didn’t love America anymore because America was no longer lovely.  But, I wanted to love America again.

This personal melancholy remained with me until yesterday.  Now, I have a renewed love for my country, and a resurrected sense of honor for our godly heritage.  This rebirthed patriotism began in an unlikely place.  I walked into a movie theatre where the choices included such movies like Tammy (one reviewer from the New York Observer gave it zero stars).  I placed my money on the counter and purchased a ticket to Dinesh D’Souza’s movie America: Imagine the World Without Her.  D’Souza refuted the arguments by Progressive ideologues that America is the epitome of evil in the world.  He highlighted the things that made this country admirable.  He exposed the lies and the liars, but the tone of the movie was hopeful.  He drew a portrait of America that is beautiful.

America has something for everyone to admire.  Blacks, Indians, immigrants, and patriots all willMadame_CJ_Walker find something to love about America.  One such example comes from the post-Civil War South.  The first female self-made millionaire was Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker.  This black woman was the daughter of Louisiana share croppers.  She saw a need in the community where poor diet caused women’s hair to fall out.   She adapted her knowledge of hair and hair care products to market cosmetics that allowed women to take care of their hair and their dignity.  Her entrepreneurial spirit generated wealth like no other black woman had done before her.  She was an admired philanthropist and trained many other women how to build and manage their own businesses.  She accomplished all this before Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson arrived on the scene to inform the Black community just how horribly they have it.

There are thousands, maybe millions, of beautiful stories like these in America just waiting to be told.  Write them.  Tell them.  Live them.
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America is beautiful, but she is beginning to believe the lies of the Left that she is ugly.  I encourage you to see the movie and gaze on the beauty of America.  Pray for her; protect her with your vote; hold her public servants accountable, and remember that we live in the greatest, most beautiful nation God has ever formed.