On this glorious day of the 4th of July, our nation celebrates the day of our independence. As I awakened this morning, there was a certain feeling in the air. It is difficult to explain, but I sensed the presence of an unseen spirit. Maybe it is Thomas Jefferson himself celebrating with us. I sincerely hope so.
History tells us it was this brave individual, with the help of four others, that put everything on the line in writing the Declaration of Independence. Upon completing the final draft, fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed it, setting into motion the most profound event in our nation’s history. Those stately words continue to echo throughout our nation and around the world. There is comfort in hearing and repeating the message. The committee of five consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Benjamin Franklin were geniuses, or could it have been they were divinely guided?
When you read the beginning it becomes evident that there was a powerful force at work. It states:
“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, 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 descent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
This portion of the Declaration set out the reasons for what this committee was about to do, but it is the powerful words that follow that move us to greatness.
“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.”
You and I, my friend, have the right to be treated equally. Included in that are certain indisputable rights – that being: Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. No individual, no court of law, and no agency on earth has the right to take that from you. Of course we can give up those rights by breaking the laws of our land, but law-abiding citizens have the constitutional right to all the privileges provided in this Declaration.
As I close my eyes for a moment to reflect upon this prestigious day, I realize something. Our forefathers gave up everything for our freedom. Men and women do that every day to insure that our freedom is protected. Now I need to do my part to make certain our great nation preserves this freedom. It is certainly a privilege to live in this remarkable country, and I hope Thomas Jefferson is smiling upon us as he cherishes this moment that began on July 4th, 1776. Make him proud by celebrating with us this auspicious occasion. It is because of men and women like him that we have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.