This morning during breakfast we read The Declaration of Independence in honor of Independence Day. It is a fascinating read. I don’t remember the last time I read it all the way through carefully. I highly suggest it.
The very last line struck me as exactly the right place to stand together, in order to do something important:
…with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Arguments could be made about their specific view of Divine Providence. But if you have Romans chapter 8 in mind, you are in the correct arena.
My wife wondered if this could be used to support national health care. (She was joking.) Here’s why it can’t: This wasn’t written by citizenry, but by leaders who could be tried and hanged for treason, and lose all material wealth in this endeavor.
Putting everything on the line, with a firm trust in “the Protection of Divine Providence” (which is a whole other blog post), is the only way to shake the foundations of the world. I suggest you live your life here. It’s where I desire and strive, by God’s Grace, to live.