The Mob

Much will be made in the coming few months of the will of the majority.  (Expect much hay to be made about the Electoral College and the popular vote if Romney takes the most Electoral College votes, but comes away on the short side popularly).

Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?  For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, “What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.”

Saint Augustine

In Morality, I wrote about moral populism.  I described it as mob rule at it’s core.  Now imagine moral populists taking the reigns of government and enacting laws based on the mindset of “majority rules.”  I went on to explain how the majority’s will does not make anything good, or morally right, it just makes it popular.

Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
   and clever in their own sight.

Isaiah 5:20-21

As Christians, what should our stand be when faced with an unjust law?  Should we tolerate it as mere temporal folly?  Should we not speak up about the law if it does not effect us?

If society deems evil to be good, should we do nothing?  How much evil should be tolerated regardless of how popular?  Where do you draw the line?  If the culture deems evil to be acceptable and normal, how should we act?

Darkness looms and doubts seed your thoughts:

“What can you, a single person, do against the will of the mob?”

“We live in a democracy and it is the will of the majority.”

It even calls scripture to mind when it tries to force evil down your throat in the form of an unjust law by quoting scripture.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13: 1-2

Despite the doubts, despite the popularity of whatever law, there are some that are unjust at their core.  These laws would have you sacrifice your core beliefs, your principles, and ultimately force you stand and choose between obedience to Christ or obedience to men.  I pray that all Christians have the resoluteness to stand together and say “ENOUGH.  We will not bend.”

Let the world threaten you with fines, penalties, ridicule, and shame.  They will drag you through the mud and try to convince you of how wrong and regressive you are.  They will try to minimize you with their attacks, but each one that you resist successfully will strengthen you against them.   They may even try to imprison you.  They may even try to kill you.

Regardless of how common the beliefs are, the goodness of God is founded in pure righteousness and if the fight you find yourself in is one where you are rooted in the righteousness of God and His Word, then you will win the day.  They may destroy your earthly body, but in the words of Obi Wan Kenobi, “If you strike me down I will become more powerful than you can imagine.”

Stand against the mob and tell them “No. You move.”

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God… Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

Romans 12: 2, 9

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 15:19-20

Friendship with the world is enmity to God.

James 4:4

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1: 5

If sinners entice you, do not consent.

Proverbs 1:10

There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2 Timothy 3:1-4

Will you follow the unjust for the sake of keeping the peace on Earth?

Just because the majority wills something does not make it right or just.  To paraphrase St. Augustine, an unjust law is no law at all. I answer to the One above it all, not to men.

The mob can rule itself.

Morality

I once had a teacher in high school who said that if God didn’t exist we should all be hedonists.  We should all live in the moment and do what feels right to us.

If you want to go have continual orgiastic sex all day long – have at it.

If you want to go smoke pot all day – have at it.

Those that don’t believe in God will say “Great.”

If you want to go kill your neighbor because he borrowed your rake and forget to give it back – have at it.

If you want to rob a bank because you want a new car – have at it.

Now, some of you are probably saying “WAIT A MINUTE – that’s not the same thing…. the first two are totally voluntary and don’t hurt anyone, but the other two hurt people and that is wrong.”

So?  You don’t believe in God.  What does it matter?

I have some hard news for people.  Without God there can be no “GOOD” and no “EVIL.” These are moral constructs and they require a basis in something which is beyond reproach. 

If you deny God than you place that basis in men, whose opinions change from individual to individual.  What is “good” for me might be faithful obedience to what some may think is a fictional god while what is “good” to someone else is an act of violence, or a crime.   This line of thinking is called moral individualism which is when what is moral is defined by each individual and may vary from person to person.

Well what about using the common good as a basis for morality?  Surely that would be more reliable.  That worked fairly well throughout history right?  Shared values must produce reliable measures of “good” within a culture.

Think about the various populist movements of the past.

Red Terror Victims – Kharkov, Ukraine.

Lenin and Trotsky ushered in socialism, which spread throughout much of the world thereafter, in Russia and the body count from that multi-decade experiment will never truly be known.  It has been estimated at 149,649,610 dead through civil war, famine, ethnic cleansings, political imprisonment, death squads, etc.

Holocaust Victims, Buchenwald Concentration Camp – Weimar, Germany

Hitler ushered in national socialism in Germany, which was accompanied by fascism in Italy.  Both were fairly popular during their rise to power since their adherents were democratically elected into office.

These two examples are just a small fraction of the moments where the majority’s opinion rules.  This is moral populism where whatever the majority says is “right” and is “good” is defined in that fashion.

Large, noisy groups, however interesting, cannot be the final arbiters of right and wrong. When consensus becomes our sole guiding light it may all-too-often seem morally legitimate for a majority to oppress a minority, and that, surely, is immoral.

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Moral individualism leads to anarchy.  Moral populism leads to mob rule.

One of the central themes of my writing to date is God.  By assuming the mantle of the arbiter of good and evil, we defy God.  We assume that we know what is good because of what?  Mushy feelings?  That warm tingle running up (or down) our leg?

How fickle.  How prideful that man would think himself equal to God and able to decide what is truly good.

If God is not the center of your life than you are vacillating around this world operating on a foundation-less morality or none at all.

How can you know what you are doing is truly good or right?  Are you willing to bet for all eternity that I am wrong?

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

Psalm 19:7-9

Death

What is death?

Medically speaking it is the end of life.  The heart stops beating.  The lungs stop drawing in life-sustaining oxygen.  The autonomic functions of the body turn off permanently.  After a few moments, the electrical impulses within your brain and between the various nerve endings in your body cease.

Death has been around for an incredibly long time. It has been studied and documented. The causes of it are well known.  In some circles it is mourned. In some it is celebrated. In others, it is seen as part of the natural way of life.  Death is part of our culture in interesting ways – it is seen in movies, television, talked about in music, in books, and portrayed in stage.  It would seem that we have a bit of an obsession about death.  Have you ever stopped to wonder why?

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.

Euripedes

What if I told you that death is alien to God’s creation?  Death was not a part of the original design that the Majesty of the universe laid out when he generated the foundations of everything from the vacuum of nonexistence.

As the lion to the herds of the plain, as the scythe to the sowers of the field, as the wind to the sere leaves of the forest, such is Death to the sons of men. They fear him by an inward instinct because their conscience tells them that he is the child of their sin.

Rev. C.H. Spurgeon

Death is frightening because of everything in the world that can afflict us the one that is truly inescapable or incurable is death.  You and I will one day die, unless the Lord returns beforehand.  You can put it off, you can escape it temporarily, but eventually it will have it’s victory.  It will desecrate what was made in the image of God and return it to the dust from where it came.  That is the purpose and goal of Death – to defy God and to erect a giant middle finger at Him by ruining His creation.

I have written before of bondage.  We are born in bondage to sin and as a result we are destined to die one day.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.

Romans 5:12

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James 1:15

As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death.

Ecclesiastes 8:8

I do not celebrate death.  Death is a terrible, vicious thing.  At the same time, I do not fear it.  As terrible as death is as it destroys and dismantles the Lord’s work, it’s victories are short-lived.  Death has already been defeated, and while it continues it’s unholy quest to destroy that which God has created, death itself will be one day destroyed and thrown into oblivion.

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[a] because of righteousness.

Romans 8:10

through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:2

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:4

What do you fear?  Do you fear death?  Or do you fear what follows?

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4

Christ died for all that all might live in His resurrection. Christ took on the sins of all that proclaim His name and profess His Holiness as God Incarnate.  He did that in order to reclaim you personally and mankind corporately to Him, to restore us to the state of creation before sin entered the world.   That is true freedom – to be able to say “I AM REDEEMED” and then to stare at death and know without any doubt that it’s victory is truly short-lived and that the final victory belongs to Christ alone.

If you doubt that Christ literally rose from the dead, I simply leave you with one thought.  Why would the Apostles elect to die the most painful deaths imaginable for a lie?

Peter, Andrew, and Philip were crucified; James the Greater and Thaddaeus fell to the sword; James the Lesser was beaten to death while praying for his attackers; Bartholomew was flayed alive and then crucified; Thomas and Matthew were speared; Matthias was stoned to death; and Simon was either crucified or sawed in half.

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Do you fear death?

Do you fear what follows death?

Indulgence

I often write about freedom and liberty and how the concepts themselves are born out of scripture.  I write about how those scriptures influenced and formed the foundation for the men, for the principles, and ultimately for the documents which developed with the founding of the United States of America.

This city on the hill is more than just a physical place, a country on a temporal Earth, but it is a metaphor for the Kingdom of Christ.  This country, at it’s founding was a revolution in governance.  It placed individual men as the ultimate sovereign power within it’s power structure.  These men were not kings in the old monarchical sense of things in Europe, but rather kings as Adam was intended at creation.  He was master of all creation, and he answered only to God Himself.  This is how God intended this place to work.  This is the Biblical foundation of the concept of the individual sovereignty which is essential to the functioning of this republic.

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Benjamin Rush

The founding fathers of this country were intensely passionate about the role of God as the solid foundation of this country.  Without this passion, it is hard to to imagine the American Revolution ever taking place.  It is hard to imagine the challenges faced, the hurdles overcome, and the belief in “the cause” that persisted in the face of repeated defeats in battle, and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their path personally and politically.  This nation was founded as a Christian nation, and anyone who doubts that needs to go read up on the true fomenters of rebellion and insurrection.  How far we have fallen from those days when men of God spoke freely about the ills of the world and fought, literally, to oppose them.

For centuries, this country has endured wars, droughts, economic calamities, and a divisive civil war which truly pitted brother against brother and father against son.  We have climbed the ladder of nations and risen to the top of the ash heap as the most powerful country militarily and economically in the history of the world.  Was it worth it? Did we sacrifice what made America that city on the hill in order to achieve temporary greatness?

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Galatians 5:13

Have we abused our freedoms won to live indulgently in the present or did we preserve them and protect them for our children and our grandchildren?  Have we sacrificed the future in order to maintain the present?

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Matthew 16:26

Coexistence

Can light coexist with dark?

Can nonviolent men coexist with violent men?

Can truth coexist with falsehood?

Can good coexist with evil?

In every case, the answer is no.  One side must cave in as these polar opposites can not coexist, just as oil and water can never be blended together.  For a long time, the falsehood of this bumper sticker has been like a thorn in my side.  I have known how malicious this is to the Truth, yet I have not said a thing.  How dare I not stand up for the Truth when it is under such a profound attack?  I am ashamed that I did not do so at first, but I am done sitting back and watching the world come apart at the seams.

Is it truly possible for the following religions to coexist as the bumper sticker proclaims?  Islam’s Star and Crescent, Judaism’s Star of David, Wicca’s Pentacle, Taoism Yin and Yang, and Christianity’s Cross are all present.  Is it truly possible for any of those religions to come together under a banner of peace?  The only two that have done so are Judaism and Christianity due to their shared history and value system.

Can Islam which has the shahada, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, ever reconcile with any of the others?  The shahada states “There is no god but god, Muhammad is the messenger of god.”

Can Judaism with it’s core tenets ever accept Islam or any other religion except that which is prophesied with the coming of the Messiah?

Can Christianity coexist with any other religion when Christ Himself states “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)?

Moreover, even the peaceful religion of Taoism cannot coexist with Islam, Christianity or Judaism, all of which are monotheistic.  Taoism is multitheistic, which means that it believes in a number of gods both major and minor.

So the bumper sticker’s advocated mindset is one of willful disregard for all of these religions. It advocates that they all drop central tenets of their religions in order to “coexist.”

The writer of this blog did a decent breakdown of the tensions inherent in this idea of “coexistence.”

Let’s break it down. We’ll call each worldview by the letter it’s supposed to represent. So:

  • C = Islam
  • O = Pacifism
  • E = “Gender equality” (=the LGBT agenda)
  • X = Judaism
  • I = Wicca / Pagan / Bah’ai
  • S =Taoism / Confucianism
  • T = Christianity

And let’s assume a very broad definition of “coexist”: living together without calling for the destruction of each other. Here are the problems with that:

  • C wants to kill E, X, T, and (by implication) O. If they achieved the world they wanted, I and S would also no longer exist.
  • O doesn’t allow for effective resistance or defeat of C.
  • E stands in direct opposition to C, X, and T, and accuses those who speak against them of hate speech. Also, they’re trying to edge X and T out of public schools in favor of their own agenda. (They’re afraid C will be offended, so they get less trouble.) E is actually very, very intolerant.
  • X’s existence is threatened not only by C but also by O, who invariably supports C over X.
  • I and S are statistically insignificant and are mainly on there to complete the bumper sticker.
  • T is who the bumper sticker is really arguing against, but poses no physical threat to any of the others.

Historically, T has brought about more tolerance- “coexistence” if you will- than any other movement. But the kind of “coexistence” the people who make this sticker envision is one where at least X and T are completely marginalized.

These tensions will not just go away with some wishful thinking.  These belief systems are fundamentally at odds with each other and to pretend otherwise is a falsehood and despicable in terms of actually finding true peace.

As Christians, what are we to do?  How can we coexist in a world that is completely at odds with us?  Do we lay down and tell the world that we’ll go along to get along or do we refuse to compromise?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world

Romans 12:2

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:18

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it so perfectly when he wrote a letter, much like the Apostle Paul, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama.

There was a time when the church was very powerful–in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent–and often even vocal–sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.

Do you want to coexist with the world or do you want to exist as God Himself intended, unblemished and purified by the blood of Christ?

You cannot do both.

 

53%

Governor Romney, in a video secretly captured during a moment during a fundraiser back in May, spoke something that has enlivened the week politically.  He dared mention how people benefiting from government largesse are more prone to elect politicians who promise to increase their particular take.

How brazen!

How shocking!

How dare he state something so true?!?

My preschooler understands that if he acts like we want him to he will be rewarded with special food, privileges, et cetera.  If I want a citizen to vote for me ad nauseum, why not give him something for nothing, and then threaten him constantly of taking it away.  What an amazing leash to control someone by in order to ensure that his votes keep coming in my favor.

What the citizen fails to recognize though is that the chain has already been placed around him and the shackles are bolted on.  He has been convinced, without need of firing a shot or committing violence that he is subservient and incapable of life without that politician’s continuance of his means of livelihood.  This is the fundamental essence of the welfare state.  This “benefit” is the crushing boot of tyranny, of slavery, of oppression.

Now how can it be oppression if it is for the downtrodden and unfortunate?  Have you no heart?

I am more concerned for the long term survival of my country and our innate freedoms and liberties, however temporal they may be when measured against eternity.

The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.

Samuel Adams

While the chains of bondage in this case are meant to be benevolent, they are anything but as they further dependency.  This isn’t about being your brother’s keeper, or helping widows and orphans.  This is about destroying the ability to live joyfully.  This benevolence replaces God as the bearer of all of your needs and supplants Him with government and politicians.

The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave…

Samuel Adams

If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

So how was Mitt Romney wrong in any way?

He spoke the truth.  A large portion of this country’s populace is dependent on the government.  This portion also tends to vote in what it has been conditioned is it’s own self-interests rather than the country’s as a whole.  This is not how this country was designed to function. If things continue as they are and then accelerate with Obamacare being fully implemented, the republic will fall.

What happens when the 53% of taxpayers who don’t ask anything of the government other than equal protection under the law and defense of hearth and home decide to stop playing the game and elect liberty or death over tyranny, over the chains of servitude, over the slavery of government benevolence?

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry

Slavery once was defended as a benevolent institution that kept them fed, clothed, and occupied (Source).  How is the modern entitlement state any different?  If you support such institutions, recognize that you are supporting slavery of the soul and spirit.

What Governor Romney was implying was that it is up to the remainder of us, the 53%, to stand up for our fellow citizens, to point to their chains and their shackles and say “ENOUGH.”  In this way, we will be our brother’s keeper to free them from the curse of liberal progressive bondage.

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The truth shall set you free.

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Sultan Knish once again speaks the unspeakable.

All such heretics will be addressed in the second term.

Embrace the horror.

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Speech

The leader of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, said recently that speech that does not contribute to the common good should not be protected and is in fact abuse if otherwise done.

I imagine that liberals and conservatives alike can come together on this issue.  Both sides agree that the freedom to speak your mind, no matter how hate-filled or wrong you might be factually, is a protected right and absolutely crucial to the maintenance of democracies, republics, and representative government.

However hurtful or inaccurate that film that “outraged” the Muslim world recently is at it’s core, it does not justify the outpouring of violence that has been a result.  However, the incident does serve as a magnifying glass on the middle east.  Can a people who get so incensed by a poorly made video truly be partners in peace or are they waiting for the next rage-justifying moment in their perpetual war against the West?

 

 

 

Deluge

Have you ever stood out in a downpour?  Have you ever stood there and let the rain wash you as it drenches the earth?

The water falls so quickly that it is slamming to the ground. It falls so fast that it cannot be absorbed and it cannot drain away.  It swirls around your feet and pools on the ground.  It is so loud and powerful that it is nearly impossible to hear anything else.

I have a friend from college who used to love walking about after a rain shower.  He used to say that it felt like everything had been washed clean and in that moment everything was perfect again.

I don’t know if he knew it at the time or even now, but he perfectly described the grace that God showers on us if we humbly ask for it.

The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:14

Next time it pours down rain, go stand out in it. Feel the sting of the water against your skin and the rivulets of water running down your face and neck.  Do not shield yourself from it, but soak it in.  This is how we should treat the Lord’s grace.  It is a freely given gift.  He wants you to bathe in it to be cleansed and purified.

Declaration – Part Three (Pursuit of Happiness)

What did the Founders intend when they included the pursuit of happiness as one of the three named rights endowed by God on mankind?

The phrase itself has been perverted over time to mean something akin to the American Dream, which has been perverted itself to mean everything from achievements in life, family, wealth, home-ownership, and anything else a politician can dream up that sounds good in a sound byte or a newspaper byline.  It has been used to justify social programs that alleviate personal responsibility from the individual.  It has been used to justify progressive taxation where wealthier individuals are taxed more intensely than less wealthy ones.  I imagine the Founders would be incensed were they still alive to find out how this phrase had been bent, twisted, and misused over time.

What is happiness?

the quality or state of being happy.
good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
Happiness and joy differ from person to person.  I might find great happiness in watching my sons grow up and watching my wife catching up with an old friend, while someone else might find great happiness in reading a new book, or taking a hike through the wilderness, but is that joy?  Joy is the source of happiness.  What is your joy?
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Why did the Founders specify the pursuit though?  Were they acknowledging that they sought to establish an earthly government, not a heavenly one? Were they acknowledging that true joy on earth is only found in Christ?
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Joy transcends happiness.  Happiness is temporary and can be blotted out when times get tough.  Time and time again, Americans have proven to have extremely thick skin.  We suffered through a terrible civil war that decimated the country, we fought two world wars were millions perished, suffered economic recessions and depressions that had the potential to be just as deadly, and we persevered against totalitarian socialism when we stared down the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Were any of those happy times?  No.
Can we look back and find moments of joy sprinkled throughout? Yes.
Happiness is externally dependent.  It relies on pleasure from the fulfillment of desires and wants.  Joy is internally dependent.  It is found in the love in your heart.  It is found through the Spirit of God and the hope we have in Christ alone.
The Founders may have even intended for these rights to be recognizable as follows:  life (in Christ), liberty (from sin through Christ), and the pursuit of happiness (or joy, which is found in Christ).
Tell me again that we are not a Christian nation, all I have to do is point to the Declaration and show you that it is divinely inspired.  Thomas Jefferson may have been a deist and believed that it was impossible to know God, but it seems to me that God greatly influenced Jefferson’s text and blessed this country through and because of it.
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WR2A: The Line In The Sand

We Are the Second Amendment, and you cannot stop that.

The Longwood Institute

A site dedicated to the appreciation of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness along with the responsibilities these God-given unalienable rights invoke.

Ten Smiths Blog

What does the Declaration of Independence really say?

Short Little Rebel

Because loving Christ is the most rebellious thing you can do

Deaconmatson's Blog

observations from America

America: Going Full Retard...

Word: They are acting. They are creating. They are framing their reality around you. And we … we bark at the end of our leashes. Our ambition for freedumb is at the end of our leash.