Understanding Independence

July 8, 2019

As we enter the 244th year of the independence of these United States, it seems more than appropriate that we pause and consider what “independence” means, its origin, and, perhaps most important, how it can be preserved for future generations.
At the heart of the Declaration of Independence is a legal and logical argument, which can be summarized like this:
The King of England has persisted in continual wrongdoing against the rights of the people of the American colonies. The dissolution of the previous relationship between Great Britain and the American colonies is the reasonable and sensible remedy for that continual wrongdoing.
Well, that’s all well and good but doesn’t it presuppose that the affairs of nations are governed by an objective standard of right and wrong?
Well, yes, it does.  In fact, the Declaration contains a list of 27 grievances against the king.  But without a transcendent standard for right and wrong, any listing of perceived wrongs would be nothing but an exercise in verbosity.
Perhaps this is why our founders dealt with this essential element of their argument in the very first sentence. They referenced the "Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”  In other words, they said the standard for right and wrong was God’s Word.
So the Declaration is direct evidence that American independence was - and still is - based upon a universal acceptance of God‘s Word and his law as authoritative, complete and controlling in all matters.
This is why it is so disappointing to hear foolish voices of recent presidential debates rejecting the moral law — rejecting God standards of right and wrong — and ignorantly and foolishly working against their own interest and the interest of future Americans.
America’s founders properly understood that rights come from God. Therefore, we have no right to do what God has declared to be wrong. There exists no rights for non-Americans to illegally enter the United States. There is no right to murder one's child. There is no such thing as same-sex marriage.  All of these perverse behaviors are unlawful and are in contra-position to the underlying philosophy of American law and government. 
And here's one more crucial thing to remember about Independence Day:
Our ancestors' Biblical understanding of right and wrong would have no historic significance without their commitment to boldly defend their God-given rights.
Our founders didn’t just declare and propose - they also saw it as their duty to organize and fight. Indeed, they risked their fortunes and their lives to defend this thing called "independence."
So our celebration of Independence Day should include a recitation and a demonstration to America's children regarding the depth of their commitment. Their bitter struggle and their bloody sacrifice speaks to their love of liberty. They believed! And they acted!
They should be honored and imitated.

Schedule an event or learn more about your Constitution with Jake MacAulay and the Institute on the Constitution and receive your free gift.

Video Column:   

Comments: 0
  1. Email address is REQUIRED, in case we need to contact you about your comment. However, we will not display or use your email address for any purpose other than to contact you about this comment.
  2. Nickname should be a short nickname that you choose to use. Please do NOT enter your full, real name. Nickname will be displayed along with your comment.
  3. Comments will not appear on our website until they have been reviewed by our Editorial Team. Inappropriate messages will be rejected by the Editorial Team. Free speech is important here at ConservativeTruth, however, the Editorial Team reserves the absolute right to determine what content appears on this website.
    • Comments that contain foul language, profanity or vulgarity will be rejected.
    • Comments that contain links will be rejected. (send email to the editor if you wish to let us know about another website)
    • Comments that advertise a product or service will be rejected.
    • Comments that contain email addresses will be rejected.
2500 characters max
Copyright ©2019

Schedule an event or learn more about your Constitution with Jake MacAulay and the Institute on the Constitution and receive your free gift.

Make your tax-deductible donation here! 


Visit Jake MacAulay's website at www.theamericanview.com/