Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Declaration of Independence

Except for the Bible itself, whose words when read and understood and acted upon are death to the world system but life to mankind, what follows, taken from the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen United States, is to be feared by all persons or governments that would be God on earth, from Pharaoh to the tyrants of today's world, whether outside or inside the borders of these now Fifty United States. I am no patriot of this nation only, but of the ideas that framing it still speak to every human heart, forging all into one humanity, not under men but under God, whose word, whose law is awaited by all the islands of the earth, praying ‘Thy Kingdom come.’

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.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, 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.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn 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, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Excerpted from The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, in Congress, July 4, 1776.

Although I am an Orthodox Christian, that does not stop me from loving and respecting not only other Christians, but those of other faiths, or no faith. Although I am an American, my patriotism is not limited to the geographical or the cultural fifty United States, but upholds every land and culture of humanity, not as a citizen-worshipper of the 'one world' but as a member of the Kingdom of God, the only domain where men are truly free, truly equal, and truly brothers.

The spirit of all real revolutions comes from That Place, and leads us thither, and when the King of kings of kings returns, the One whom some call 'the Revolutionary', we will know for certain that He was behind this Declaration, as well as behind all true struggles waged since the beginning of time against unlawful authority, against Pharaoh in all its forms.

Happy Fourth of July, to all who know and love what is worth dying for, for God Himself did not back away from the Sacrifice.

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