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CHAPLAINS DEVOTIONALFOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS



             

In June 1776, 56 men from the thirteen colonies deliberated over the wording of the document that would become our Declaration of Independence.  After much debate they finally agreed to the proposal from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams and on July 4th, adopted the words that begin:

     “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united states of America, 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 Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

            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.”

 

I am confident that you are like me in being grateful for the courage and wisdom of these men in laying the foundation upon which we now exist.  I believe these men were raised up, as the Scripture says, “For such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

Today, I am struck by their agreement that there are truths that are self-evident.  We have come a long way from that sentiment.  I have to remind myself that these men confessed that they believed that there is indeed a Creator.  And, this Creator has established what is True and what is not true.  They saw this Truth as self-evident, needing no explanation.  It is what is it is. 

So, as we enjoy the benefits of the work of these men, may we renew ourselves to be dedicated to the fact that there is something (and for me, Someone) known as Truth.  And Truth is worth laying down your life for.

They ended the document with the acknowledgement that they were risking their lives by adding their signature.  But they did, closing the document with:

            “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Some of these men lost their lives in the coming war, many lost their fortunes, but none lost their sacred honor.  May this be true of us.

 

                                     For God and Country!

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