Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
II Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
On occasion I venture away from my normal routine and spend time with the Lord praying for our nation at special locations. Recently, I did so at the Jefferson Memorial. Before my time of prayer, I marveled at several of the Jeffersonian quotes engraved in marble that make the Memorial so poignant. The next few PLUS posts will focus on these quotes and their spiritual and national applications for us today.
The first engraving to consider was from the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson and the Founding Fathers wrote:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.”
This single sentence contains immeasurable Biblical truth and provides an unshakable reminder of the Christian faith of our founders. These truths include:
- God created man and created us equal
- Our rights are given by God and not by governments
- Our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are gifts from God
- Governments are instituted to secure the rights given by God
Wow! This sentence, enshrined in our founding document, leaves us with much to consider. Our national forgetfulness about these truths leaves us with much for which to pray. PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICA TO RETURN TO THE SELF-EVIDENT BIBLICAL TRUTHS THAT PROMPTED THE FORMATION OF OUR NATION. The only way our rights can be inalienable is if we recognize the One who gives them to us.
NOTE: Please read this prior post for related thoughts: http://prayatlunch.us/self-evident/