“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…”
Life. Liberty. Pursuit of Happiness.
In the center of the Old North Church in Boston is a clear reminder of the source of these “rights”. Flanked by The Lord’s Prayer AND the Ten Commandments is a vision of our Holy Christ, offering himself to any that would BELIEVE. He is offering true LIFE, LIBERTY from sin, and HAPPINESS that can only be found in Him. Our patriot fathers BELIEVED. Our Declaration of Independence clearly declares God as the source – He alone endowed us with these rights. We must only BELIEVE.
Nothing more. Nothing less. We are all equal. All have sinned and fall short. It is only through God’s grace that we are saved and claim these rights. John 3:16 makes it clear:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We can’t do anything more to gain these unalienable rights. We must only BELIEVE.
Ancient scripture shows that even the Patriarchs (the Patriots of our faith) had sinful flaws – fell short. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were scoundrels. All guilty of lying, cheating, stealing, tricking, polygamy, adultery, among many other sins. Each showed that they did not trust God. They took matters into their own hands. Their sins brought trouble to those around them. They deserved the “wages of sin”. Yet God worked through each of them to achieve His plan, despite their failure. Instead, God offered them LIFE, LIBERTY, and HAPPINESS in Him. Genesis 15:6 says -
“Abram BELIEVED the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
Not because of his service, obedience, battles, sacrifices, study, prayer, quality of commitment, or contribution. No. God endowed Abraham and ultimately his descendents with these unalienable rights simply because he BELIEVED.
Christ offers the same unalienable rights of LIFE, LIBERTY, and HAPPINESS to you. All you have to do is BELIEVE. Reflect today on your independence. Look to the altar of the Old North Church, where the lights of liberty shined, and be reminded of the true source of FREEDOM. All you have to do is BELIEVE.