I suppose there will be some who think it odd that James Atticus Bowden published a 4th of July post, Your Personal 4th of July, on the 5th of July. However, just as our Christian beliefs require us to celebrate Easter in our hearts every day of the year, the America’s creed requires us to give a daily bit of consideration to the 4th of July.
Imagine being one of those first patriots. Imagine knowing that foreign troops occupied American soil. Imagine that one of your relatives or a friend served in the militia or the Continental Army.
Then take the time to read the Declaration of Independence. Take the time to consider that that document:
- Heralded the beginning of a new nation.
- Justified a bloody war.
- Introduced a new type of government based upon a distinctly American creed, that God, not government, is the one and only Author of each man’s and woman’s rights.
Take the time to consider what it means to put God first in your life. What does that mean for government?
- We have no right to put government before God.
- We have no right to use government impose upon the rights of our fellow citizens.
- God’s command to love our neighbor does not allow us to stand idly by when our government imposes upon the rights of our fellow citizens.
Take the time to contemplate the Declaration of Independence. Consider its relationship to The United States Constitution. Then perhaps you will understand the timeliness of Your Personal 4th of July.
The Founding Fathers knew exactly why they declared independence and created the United States of America. Their exact words are in the Declaration of Independence. Americans can agree on their sound reasoning and articulate explanation. But, consider how much courage it took to rebel against the established, legal sovereign. Consider why their reasons were worth the terrible civil war they started.
What reasons mean that much to you? What would it take for you, good American, to rebel and take up arms in a civil war?
Compare your reasoning and the courage of your convictions to the Founding Fathers?
- What is the separate and equal station that We, The People, have? To what Laws of Nature and Nature’s God are We, The People entitled?
Is your station to be free? How free? Is the individual citizen sovereign or not? (continued here)
The Declaration of Independence reminds us that there was a time when the people of America urged what they believe upon their government. That is what government by the people, for the people, and of the people means. We The People run our government. Over the years, unfortunately, we have surrendered control to busybodies who would tell us how to live and what to believe. To that end our elected elites educate us, burden us with reams of rules and regulations, and smother every free thought under a deluge of propaganda that we finance. In the end — given that their arrogance remains unfettered — they will slowly replace the worship of God with the worship of government. Is that what we want for our children and grandchildren?
I BELIEVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE; WHOSE JUST POWERS ARE DERIVED FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED; A DEMOCRACY IN A REPUBLIC, A SOVEREIGN NATION OF MANY SOVEREIGN STATES; A PERFECT UNION, ONE AND INSEPARABLE; ESTABLISHED UPON THOSE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM, EQUALITY, JUSTICE, AND HUMANITY FOR WHICH AMERICAN PATRIOTS SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES AND FORTUNES.
I THEREFORE BELIEVE IT IS MY DUTY TO MY COUNTRY TO LOVE IT, TO SUPPORT ITS CONSTITUTION; TO OBEY ITS LAWS; TO RESPECT ITS FLAG; AND TO DEFEND IT AGAINST ALL ENEMIES.
The Creed was written in 1918 by William Tyler Page of Friendship Heights, Maryland in the course of a nationwide contest on the subject. Page was a descendent of President Tyler, and Representative John Page, who served in the Congress from 1789-97.
William Tyler Page began his government career as a Congressional page in December of 1881. In 1919, he was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives, and held that position until December of 1931. a new post, Emeritus Minority Clerk, was then created for him which he occupied until his death on October 20, 1942.
Unlike the American creed in the Declaration of Independence, Page’s creed, the finalist in a 1916 competition organized by the New York commissioner of education, contains no mention of God. The House of Representatives endorsed Page’s creed in 1918.