7/1/2014 2:00:00 PM Would you risk your life for freedom?
The U.S. Declaration of Independence (4th July 1776) is the premier instrument of Judeo-Christian statecraft in world history. This classic document is the fifth of the five Great Documents of Liberty, beginning with the sturdy 1215 Magna Carta and its fundamental platform of a biblical-separation of a creator-based state and a redeemer-based church, which are co-equal, linked together, and both constrained within their respective spheres of action.
The state part is based upon God’s 10 Commandments, all having to do with what we as living humans are to do (or not do) in this life, e.g. do honor parents, do not murder, not steal, not commit adultery, not bear false witness, not covet neighbor’s possessions. The Magna Carta, which, now famously, calls for trial by jury of one’s peers, innocent until proven guilty, no taxation without representation, and majorly that even the head of government is also under the law became known during the next several centuries as “Common Law”. These principles were brought to North America thru the 1606 1st Virginia Charter (Birth Certificate of American Civilization, officially recognized by the S.C. House of Representatives in 2007 A.D.).
Over the next 170 years the English government abused its Magna Carta constraints to the point that in 1776 the British-American Colonies had to either collapse into utter tyranny under George III or fight against their own government to keep liberty. Americans chose to fight! The Colonies understood the greatness of the Magna Carta principles of Godly government, that they were sacred, and worthy of defending at the risk of one’s life.
Properly, before entering into such a risk, they issued the 1776 Declaration of Independence, presenting to all mankind their reasons under the “Laws of Nature and of Nature's God” why the fight was vital. We today are blessed by their fight for these principles. Please take a moment to read over the 1776 Declaration and ponder whether you would have risked your life for them. More importantly, would you do that now!
Steven C. Smith, Florence Chancellor Henricus Colledge (1619)®, A merica's 1st College – Revived