Going on our own as a nation is what we celebrate this day. But our Declaration of Independence sets out that we’re not really on our own.
Our nation, as stated in our Declaration of Independence, was founded under God, and the rights of all men and women are derived from the Creator, not the State. The Founders were careful to assert this special quality of divine foundation.
It is this dependence on God’s gift that sets our nation apart from many others. This divine foundation is central to why our government has outlasted so many others. If our rights are derived from any group or person, they could easily be retracted by the same. If it is from God, it’s eternally true. The Founders were very careful not to define God by any denomination or religion, leaving spacious room for religious diversity.
I fear, though, that many today either have little understanding of this dependence on God, or even reject it. It is critically important that we pass on the importance of our dependence on God to each new generation of Americans. If we, as a nation, move away from God, we undermine the principle on which our rights are founded.
What starts right can stay right—if we continue to hold onto the foundation upon which its built.
“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.”