Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
After receiving Lee’s Resolution, the Second Continental Congress appointed a Committee of Five – Adams, Franklin, Sherman, Livingston, and Jefferson – to draft a full and formal declaration of independence. This declaration made clear that the Founders relied upon God for far more than just the adjudication of the rectitude of their intentions (see previous post).
Our Founders recognized that God Himself is the source of all human rights and liberties. Specifically, man is given rights and liberties “to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.” To these humble men it was self-evident that man is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
So, according to our Founders, what was the role of government? Our Declaration of Independence makes this role clear: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Make no mistake, the foundational and fundamental role of government is to preserve rights given to us by God. Government is never to be the source of rights, only the securer of rights. Any governmental power is to be ordained of God and consented to by man.
PLEASE PRAY THAT THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WOULD RETURN TO ITS GOD-ORDAINED RIGHTFUL ROLE. We should never be content with accepting rights given to us by government, nor should we allow rights to be rescinded by government. God has given us our rights. Government is only useful to protect and preserve what God has given us. These are the sole reasons that governments are instituted among men; all else is illegitimate and beyond the powers ordained by God.
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