Syndicated by: Montana News
ORLANDO, FL -- The Declaration of Independence clearly reveals the fact that America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. Thomas Jefferson referred to the document as a “reflection of the American mind.”
In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers acknowledged God as the source of our rights. They understood that the role of government is to protect the inalienable rights that come from our Creator – Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
The first paragraph of the Declaration sets the stage for America’s absolute reliance on the laws of God: “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
The “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” had been defined by historic legal writers, such as Sir William Blackstone and others, as the laws that God, the Creator of the universe, established for the governance of people, nations, and nature.
The Declaration continues: “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.
— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
“The founders were deeply influenced by a Judeo-Christian worldview that shaped their political ideals,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The Declaration of Independence, as Thomas Jefferson noted, was a reflection of the American mind. The revolutionary thought that our rights come from God, not government, and that the sole purpose of government is to protect these inalienable rights, gave birth to the greatest country on earth. Tomorrow we will celebrate these founding ideals and enjoy the blessing of freedom,” said Staver.