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June 18, 2014

LETTERS FOR JUNE 18, 2014: America’s freedom is a gift from God

America’s freedom is a gift from God

If America is ever going to maintain its independence and freedoms we must look to the actions of the Founding Fathers and the document that got us there.

The Declaration of Independence states: “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.”

The closing words of this document declare: “With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

So it’s really not only the Declaration of Independence from foreign tyranny. It’s also the “Declaration of Dependence” on God almighty.

In the beginning of our country, our Founding Fathers faced many trials. Many of them believed in prayer and set a precedent by agreeing to open each Congress in prayer. Consider this famous prayer from that first session in 1784:

“Oh Lord our Heavenly Father, look down in mercy we beseech Thee on us these American states who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee.”

This prayer showed their dependence on God and expectation that he would intervene on their behalf.

When they began drafting the Constitution 1787, it looked like they had reached a stalemate, but Benjamin Franklin called for a recess and encouraged his fellow delegates to spend some time in prayer as they sought unity and compromise. This moved our nation to a prosperous future.

America needs to turn back to God in prayer, as our Founding Fathers did, and ask for his blessing and protection once again. Freedom is a gift of God, not the accomplishment of men.

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