Matthew 22-28

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

 

Benjamin Franklin said it best when, referring to the finality of the decision of the 56 who would sign the declaration that would mark them as traitors to the Crown, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." In so signing the Declaration of Independence, these 56 men committed themselves to victory or death, for there could be no in between for those who put their pledge on that fateful piece of paper. In doing so, they had one last plea, and they included that appeal within the text of this document that now means so much to patriots everywhere. They said:

"Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States."

 

Not many schools or universities teach the Declaration of Independence anymore, nor do they make too big of a deal of the Constitution - at least not when it comes to the original documents themselves, for these foundational writings no longer reflect the values of the majority of those who are now in positions of authority within the educational system. Now, it's true that many schools and a few universities still talk about these documents, but they are something of a rarity in our modern times. To those of you teachers and professors who are teaching the truths of these documents, you have our gratitude!

 

The reason that these documents are now being swept under the rug are twofold, I believe. First, they are very, very dangerous to those in power, for they point out that it is every American's duty to resist tyranny, and our modern government is beginning to make old King George look like a champion of democracy by comparison. The Second (and most important reason in my opinion) is that most within the leadership of our modern educational system simply do not believe in God. Or, if they do, they are ashamed of Him.

 

This is why we so desperately need to become acquainted with the Word of God again. You can be assured by their very writings that our Founders were, and they did not make a move without first considering whether their direction was approved by their Lord. That's what "appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions" was all about. The word rectitude refers to one's moral or religious convictions, and to the correctness of judgment. It literally means, "right attitude" and the founders wanted more than anything else to be right before God.

 

And without a proper understanding of the Word of God, this rectitude of intention is impossible to achieve!

 

That's why it is imperative for us to understand the Bible before we can even attempt to understand our own Declaration of Independence and Constitution. These documents were written by men who were guided by God's religious principles. I know that it is popular in our modern day world for people to mock and challenge that fact, but it is an undeniable truth.

 

If you would raise young patriots, parents, you will have to start that training with the Word of God. And, if you would attempt to be a citizen of your country in a similar vein as our Founders, then you will have to go back to the foundation that the vast majority of these patriots stood firmly upon: The Word of God!

 

Today is the 4th day of the Bible challenge. Today we will read Matthew 22 - 28. Within these chapters we read of the One who set the standard for "sacred honor" for, when Jesus was in the Garden praying that this cup (the arrest, the beatings, the spitting in His face, the scourging, and the crucifixion - to say nothing of having the sins of the world placed upon His holy being) be taken from Him, He also prayed, "Not My will be done, but Thine".

 

By doing so, Christ in effect pledged His sacred honor to God and to all those who would follow Him for the rest of time. And, just like those 56 men whom we admire so, Jesus bought us freedom at the price of His blood. Only this freedom was not for a moment in time, it was for all eternity. The only way that you and I can ever begin to understand exactly what Christ has done for us (or even what our founders did, for that matter) is to read the Word and use it as the standard of our lives.

 

Have you read your Bible today? It will teach you the true meaning of sacred honor, and everything else that God deems worthwhile for our time here on earth.

 

"Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will."

Matthew 26:39, NIV