Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness – It’s Biblical
It is the time of year, as we celebrate with family, good food and fireworks, for us to take a fresh look at our United States Constitution and to remember why it is so valuable and unique. But first we should understand that because of sin, there will never be a perfect system of government until Yeshua (Jesus) returns to set up His kingdom here on earth (Revelation 22).
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace (within). In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~Yeshua, John 16:33
Here in the Declaration of Independence is the basis of our Constitution. So what is Biblical about it? It is right here in this statement of truth: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men (meaning mankind which includes women) 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."
Yahweh is our Creator, He came in human form as Yeshua to save us from our sins which keep us from knowing Him. (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-5, 14, John 14:6)
Rights Come From Yahweh
First and foremost, we are all accountable to Yahweh whether we believe in Him or not. If He is not our Source, then no one has rights of any sort. If we forget that they come from Him then they can be taken away at any moment by anyone who has the most power. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget Yahweh. ~Psalm 9:17
The basis of our declaration and our constitution mirrors the Ten Commandments given to Moses and the Children of Israel which show us how to love and give honor to Yahweh as well as to love and respect people (Exodus 20).
In fact, this is love for Yahweh: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of Yahweh overcomes the world. ~1 John 5:3-4
Sovereign means independent, we are our own nation..... and Yahweh made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and boundaries (borders) of their habitation,... ~Acts 17:26 Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. ~Psalm 33:12
If our right to life is not continuously held in high regard by our nation, then no one will ever be safe. Each and every life is valuable to Yahweh no matter what race, gender, ethnicity, etc.
For You (Yahweh) formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; My soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; In Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ~Psalm 139:13-16
A nation whose law is based on Judeo-Christian law, such as ours, is the most free that any nation will ever be when it is lived out righteously. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23
One cannot be free, if one cannot live in an environment of safety: safety from crime, from slander, from slavery, from governmental tyranny, etc. This means we must lawfully pursue and maintain justice. It also means that we must maintain border security and carefully process visitors and immigrants.
...law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers... ~1 Timothy 1:9
Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is freedom. ~2 Corinthians 3:17
Live as a people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover up for evil, but living as servants of Yah. ~1 Peter 2:16
So what about individuals who are not Judeo-Christian? Yahweh's love is not about forcing nonbelievers to worship Him, the laws we have are for the protection of all people. The success of America is because of the uniqueness of our laws which give value to all.
Pursuit Of Happiness
One should not be hindered in their pursuit of the best that life has to offer, to live, to work, to be educated, to play, to rest, etc. unless they continually break the laws. This ability to pursue is a blessing and it does not mean it is free. In Yahweh's book, when we are blessed with wealth and health, we are called to bless others who are in need. Those who steal, intimidate, slander and stir up covetousness and strife are a hindrance to the needy as well as to those who have more.
Yes, there will always be greedy and self centered people who never help others. So what did Yeshua have to say about this? Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." But He said to him, "Man who made Me a judge or arbitrator over you?" And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness (wanting the possessions of others), for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. " ~Luke 12:13-14
Does life always work out fairly? Not necessarily. There will always be those less fortunate or poor. They are an opportunity to help or give. (John 12:8, Deuteronomy 15:11) The Bible teaches us not to covet and also not to be greedy (Luke 16:19-31).
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. ~Psalm 128:2
Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. ~Luke 6:38
A precipice is a steep rocky cliff and we are on it. Our nation, our constitution and all that we hold dear are at high risk of being ripped apart and replaced by the Beast system of the New World Order. But lawlessness can only prevail for a season. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land. ~2 Chronicles 7:13-14 So it is either very close to time for His second coming or we have some more time. Either way, Yahweh Wins!!! (Revelation 22)