Here’s A Toast To The Greatest Nation In History

The Declaration of the thirteen united states of America was that of independence from the political bands of Great Britain. This independence was declared by Congress on July 4th, 1776. The Declaration of Independence proceeded the U.S Constitution approximately twelve years and serves as a justification for the separation from Great Britain as well as a pre-curser to the Constitution. The first three Articles of the Constitution establish three branches of government to provide a system of checks and balances to limit the ability of government to oppress and impose on a free people. The Declaration puts forth a list of tyrannical violations committed by the King of Britain, some of the offenses include: “A refusal to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance”; denying the people the right of proper representation without threat of coercion; “obstruction of justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers”; corrupting judicial officials by having them dependent on his will alone; “cutting of trade with all part of the world”; imposing taxes on the citizenry without their consent; deprivation of trial by jury; among many others.[1]

242 years later we have a country with a Constitution that enshrines the rights of her people and is something unique to the United States. The right to freedom of speech; equality under the rule of law; the right to private property; freedom of religion; the right to bear arms; are some freedoms that protect and preserve our way of life.                                                                                                                                                                                              The United States has become the greatest and most powerful nation the world has ever seen. The world’s standard of living has increased due to the prosperity of the American people. We have the world’s greatest economy. The citizens of the United States have the highest wages of any other country in the world and experience the greatest standard of living the world has ever experienced.

She boasts the most powerful military, with the capability of sending the entire world into annihilation, yet, she is good. She does not abuse her power as a principle but seeks peace and the freedom of others who do not belong to her. She is the most charitable, funding the majority of international projects and providing billions in aid to foreign nations. She has in her possession the world’s greatest athletes and is the best place to live if you’re a woman or a minority. She is not a perfect nation, but she is the greatest. She is not without flaws, yet the greatest testament to her greatness is her willingness and ability to overcome wrong and champion that which is good.  She overcame the atrocities of slavery, Jim Crow, and sometime soon will overcome the atrocity of abortion. The world’s greatest Nation is what she is because the foundation of her precepts, and the truth of her principles which are borrowed from the God that causes nations to rise and fall. (Job 12:23)

The worldview that undergirds the Declaration of Independence is the same worldview that the framework of the Constitution rests upon. That worldview is one that presupposes the existence of God. It is one that assumes this God has decreed to humanity significant value that is unalterable by any dignitary power and above recusal from any government that would seek to destroy or impede these allocated dignities. To remove from these documents the theistic, biblically consistent worldview from which the laws established therein spring forth; is to hinder one’s ability to understand and correctly interpret the documents, thus threatening the very dignities these documents seek to preserve and protect. Be thankful this holiday to the God who has allowed such a nation to rise and celebrate the fact that you are a citizen! God Bless You and God Bless The United States of America!

[1] Declaration of Independence pp 4-5

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