It is so important to teach the text of both the Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution, to our children (neither are very long, nor hard to understand). But without a thorough knowledge of Scripture as the foundation, the text of both founding documents cannot be properly applied:
“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.” – Declaration of Independence
There is a segment of society who believes that life, liberty, and happiness are a constitutionally protected right, therefore young people should not have to pay for their own college education, and everyone is entitled to free healthcare and a $15/ hr minimum wage. Actually, the Constitution only provides for the right to pursue happiness. In order to know how to obtain happiness, we need the wisdom of Scripture, particularly of Torah, which contains nearly all the critical wisdom incorporated into our founding documents.
The Civil War and Civil Rights movements corrected the great dichotomy between our national charter and practice, in providing for the unalienable right to liberty for all men. I pray soon the next great dichotomy between our national charter and practice will be corrected, and that every person regardless of age will have an unalienable right to life. The last correction, then, still wanting, is for each citizen to pursue their own happiness and not have it handed to them by forceable theft from other citizens, or forceably blocked by unjust regulations.
(And no, Scripture does not teach that anything should be handed to anyone else without requirement or responsibility …)
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