In a few days our Nation will celebrate its 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The war for independence would last another seven years. We celebrate our birth as a nation on the date of declaration, not the signing of a peace treaty ending the war with Great Britain. July 4th was the date when a people gathered and declared: “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 of 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 endowedby their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Note the introduction speaks to the unanimity of the declaration. The second paragraph speaks to the universal nature of freedom because we are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
Much has been said about the length of time for these words to be true for all citizens of the United States. Those fighting for freedom; however, used the Word of God and this document based upon Scripture to assert the truth that we are created in the image of God and have rights based upon God’s character.
The Declaration of Independence does not argue for equal rights based upon education, wealth, race, gender or any other external characteristic. We bear the image of God upon our being meaning that any assertion for freedom is based upon the nature of God.
Romans 8 asserts the freedom we are to know in Christ. The Lexham Theological Wordbook states: Freedom is the state that emerges after God has acted to remove all hindrances— social, spiritual (sin and death), economic, and institutional—that block our creational purpose. This purpose is to know, love, worship, and enjoy God forever. This is a freedom that has been won for us by the death and resurrection of the Messiah. By the power of the Spirit, the Christian seeks to live into this freedom and to join with God in freeing others, while we await freedom’s full realization at Christ’s second coming (Romans 8:1–39).
Free in Christ!