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.
Next Post
Leave a comment

2 Comments

  1. Pulpit Freedom « freedomsbrushfire
  2. Declare « freedomsbrushfire

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

intelNews.org

Expert news and commentary on intelligence, espionage, spies and spying

LadyRaven's Whisky In A Jar - OH!

Coffee? Tea? Whisky! - Aspirin anyone?

Stately McDaniel Manor

Culture, Politics, Firearms, Education, Literature, Philosophy, Music, And Other Musings

High Heels and Handguns

This princess is armed- The prince can't always be there to rescue you

Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves

Here to help educate the Sheeple before the slaughter

Reality Check

American Patriot's Reality Check

The Firewall

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it

The Radio Patriot

Because I have so many words...

Eatgrueldog

Where misinformation stops and you are force fed the truth III

Reality Of Christ

Christian, End Time, and Conspiracy News!

DAYLIGHT DISINFECTANT

DAN SANDINI'S NEWS OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM

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?

Deaconmatson's Blog

observations from America

Fighting For Liberty

LEARN FROM HISTORY OR BE DAMNED BY IT

Stiletto Momma

Balancing the high heels of life.

The DiploMad 2.0

All it takes is a spark

WINTERY KNIGHT

...integrating Christian faith and knowledge in the public square

%d bloggers like this: