by Jeremy Wiggins
It was 233 years ago. The colonists were getting tired of being oppressed by a monarchy that lived thousands of miles away, and was completely out of touch with the wants and desires of its people. Taxes flourished, and freedoms were being stripped away left and right. A few brave men (and lets not forget the women as well), stood up for what they knew were their rights granted to them by God. That's right. The founding fathers were all men of faith.
Lets look at the first few lines of our Declaration of Independence: "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." One should notice the particular wording that Jefferson used. The first of which is "created equal". He doesn't say, "evolved equally", or that we "fell out of a magic tree equally." Thomas Jefferson intentionally spoke of creation. He also said that people are "endowed by their Creator." This is the kind of man that Thomas Jefferson was. He was a devout christian, who believed that men were created and given rights under God. He was a passionate man, who wanted nothing more than his freedoms that he believed were bestowed upon him from above.
The proof also of the founding fathers faith was in the signing of the Declaration at all. Can we honestly think that these 56 men would risk their lives in an act of treason if they thought they had nothing to look forward to after death? The simple act of signing their names was indeed a death sentence, one that put them and their entire families at risk of hanging by a noose. These men had faith that would not be shaken by earthly means, even when their families were kidnapped, their land was burned, and their fortunes ruined.
Anyone who does not think that we are a christian nation has never read the Declaration of Independence, has never been engrossed by our Constitution, and can indeed say they are wholly unfamiliar with our founding fathers. I would say that anyone who says we are not a christian nation knows absolutely nothing about the history of our country.
Millions of men and women in uniform have valiantly fought to defend our way of life on six continents, and every day make sacrifices for freedom. I salute every man and woman in uniform, and every family member who has given them up for the cause. In closure I would like to share a prayer from www.beliefnet.com This is an original prayer from Thomas Jefferson, and tells something about the direction that we need to take.
"Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
Thomas Jefferson, Washington D.C. ~March 4, 1801