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The Reason for the Declaration’s Preamble.


Declaration of Independence

Preamble:
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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Romans 3:23 – …all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.
~God is the only one that is perfect.

“The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; …the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…” George Washington, First Inaugural, April 30 1789

Last week, in Sr. High, we kinda figured out that 1 of 3 entities can be in charge of your life. We make the choice everyday which entity is in charge of ours. It can either be God, yourself, or someone else. I guess it’s rather simple. I’m going to use that premise as I type my thoughts out for this set of notes.

The founders wanted to separate from the King of England and England’s type of government. There was something inherently wrong with the process and policy that governed the people of that country.

One of the major forces pulling people away from future attachment to England was the religion issue. You had to belong to the King’s church. Well, we can see the Biblical problems with that. Other issues along with faith were taxation and representation. Basically, the new land was receiving instructions about taxation and governance without any representatives across the big pond. That’s just the basics. To read more, see the second half of the Declaration. It’s pretty succinct.

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

Those leading the revolution were intent on not setting up a monarchy again. They figured they could govern themselves, but also knew they were not perfect. Thus, they reasoned that any of them could become power hungry and ruin the whole new idea of “America.”

They knew the principle that they would be ruled by their ‘not perfect’ selves, someone else, or God. Even though they had differences on the whole “God” thing, they knew that His standards were good and could not be changed. They were the basis of morality and goodness. They knew that people change and our values and morals would change.

Romans 3:23 says that non of us are even close to our perfect God. God has to be the standard not only for the Kingdom but also for how we govern ourselves. The problem is, when God and His standards are laid aside, then morals and values are allowed to change as culture changes. We see this all around us, don’t we? The only two things left at the top, as the decision makers, are either us or someone else…and as Romans says, we’re all imperfect. So, we’ll now get imperfect government and imperfect values, and imperfect decisions.

Watch this in the news, in politics, in sports, in any venue of life. You’ll see how Satan has deceived the world into thinking that God’s ways are old fashioned, outdated, and non-progressive. He’ll try to get us to think that these are the things that hold us back…that keep us down…that creates bias between peoples. Not true. And the further we walk away, the further the church, the Kingdom, will be viewed as old, something that keeps you from success, something the world doesn’t need, and as the that is “imperfect.” Wow, what a turn of tables Satan has created…but it’s an illusion. Let’s keep it an illusion.

For kids, I think we need to continue focusing on the one who is our standard. I love the main verse that Steve chose for this Biblical principle. Romans 3:23. God is perfect. We are not. We probably need to keep Him as the one we follow and look to for leadership and help.

Ed

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