Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Declaration of Independence Piece by Piece - Part 1

Opening Statements and Intentions
© 2011 by Mrs. Juli Iles 

(1)When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another,

The Pilgrims and Puritans found themselves at odds with the Church of England and decided that it was necessary to part ways with the motherland.

(2)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 Pilgrims came to America because they no longer had freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience in England.  For about 150 years they enjoyed and developed self, family, church and civil government from Biblical Principles here.  Then the king began to tax them and allow them no representation when they showed signs of becoming an economic equal as a nation. It was at this point that they realized that if they wanted their children and those "yet unborn" to be free they would have to stand up to the greatest power on earth.

(3)We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

Pretty self-explanatory, right? Wrong. The “powers that be” in England believed that they were placed above others, by God, to rule and reign over them. We as Americans must assure that this doesn't happen to us again.

(4)that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,

God gives us our rights. Man cannot give them and man cannot take them away unless we let them.

(5)that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

God gives us the right to life. We must enjoy and defend this right, especially for those who cannot speak for themselves. Liberty is also given by God, thus we must defend it as well. The pursuit of happiness should be promoted through a feeling of trust that our government is ruling in the best interest of our national security. Happiness itself, however, cannot and should not be provided or assured by the government. We must not trade our freedom for security. God is our source. He will provide. If we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these other things will be added unto us.

(6)That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Government is in place to secure the rights that God has given us. We give them their power and it is our job to make sure that they do not overstep their boundaries, thus usurping authority that is not theirs. We must be sure that we are not abdicating our own responsibilities as well.

(7)That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it,

When government becomes overly intrusive and usurps undue authority it is our right AND responsibility to make a change or start over.

(8)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 Pilgrims and Puritans could not change England, so they left and created a new government based on Biblical principles.

(9)Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown

As it is difficult to amend the constitution, it is also difficult to change the government. Government restructuring takes dedication and vast knowledge.

(10)that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government,

Isiah 33:22 says, “The Lord is our Judge. The Lord is our Lawgiver. The Lord is our King. He will save us.”

When man begins to think that he gives us our rights we have come to a dangerous place.

John Locke said in Of Civil Government, “For men being the Workmanship of One Omnipotent, and infinitely wise Maker; All the Servants of One Sovereign Master, sent into the World by His Order, and about His business, they are His property, whose Workmanship they are, made to last during His, not one another’s Pleasure….”

God created us and we answer directly to Him in how we treat the earth he created, how we treat our fellow man, and how we guide our family. Government is in place to secure our freedom and our liberty of conscience. When Government usurps that right it is our responsibility to correct that usurpation or to stand against the government that is putting itself between man and man's Creator.

The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. -Samuel Adams

It is our God given responsibility not to give up our freedom! What are we doing to stand against those who are working to taking our rights and responsibilities away from us?
All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

Being Tacit means giving consent by silence, or not interposing an objection. Is that what we are doing today or are we standing up and voicing our opinion? The Pilgrims and Puritans were not tacit and neither should we be.

Conscience is the Most Sacred of all Property” – James Madison

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.” Acts 24:16

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Have we compromised our conscience? Have we known that something was not right and yet turned our head away? Has our spirit been stirred and yet we ignored it? God, please give us the strength to stand for life, for truth, and for the liberty that you have given us.

(11)and to provide new guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

The Pilgrims and Puritans endured much and tried to change their government from the inside out. They had many reasons to flee, but did all that the could to try to save their nation before it became necessary for them to leave in order to maintain their family's lives and freedoms. 

Bold: Original Declaration content
Non-Bold: My comments
© 2011 by Mrs. Juli Iles
 CLU Am Gov 1 November 18, 2010

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