We Hold these Truths

“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.” — Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

However, in the handwriting of its primary author, Thomas Jefferson, as well as John Adams — our rights were  originally“inalienable.” Webster’s Dictionary indicates that both ‘inalienable’ and ‘unalienable’ hold the same meaning. I recall memorizing the Preamble using the word ‘inalienable.’ The truth is, ‘unalienable’ is the word found in the final and printed draft of the Preamble. The word ‘inalienable’ as used by Jefferson is found on the Jefferson Memorial in the nation’s capital and I suppose this is the reason I learned to memorize the Preamble like that…

By observation we understand that these truths find foundation in the pages of the Word of God. In Psalm 51 are found each of these ‘unalienable rights.’                                           

“Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. 2 Wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against You—You alone—I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight. So You are right when You pass sentence; You are blameless when You judge. 5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. 6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,and You teach me wisdom deep within. 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice. 9 Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt. 10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You. 14 Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God,the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. 15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 16 You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart. 18 In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on Your altar.” HCSB.

We should be most thankful to our God for having blessed our Nation with such insight utilized by the Founding Fathers of the place we can call ‘Home.’ I believe that many, and perhaps, not most, of citizens do just that. Obviously, we are not all Believers in the God of the Fathers of our Nations who envisioned what we have graciously enjoyed. In the next few days it is possible that we will be witnesses to the fleeting moments of the ideals they put forth in these documents. I pray this is not what we will experience. 

Jesus is Lord…

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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