To vote in 2016: An affirmation of faith, a renewal of freedom
SAN JOSE, CA, November 4, 2016 – Americans are faced with a very ominous decision as they vote in 2016. Those who are simply spectators may buy into the notion that it is just another election in a long string of presidential elections, and it really does not matter whether they vote or not. Yet, voting is a precious right of inheritance handed down from American men and women who came before this generation. Voting is a precious right handed down from American men and women who were willing to give their lives for freedom.
This is not just another election in a long string of presidential elections because freedom has never been more threatened from within and from without as in this time in history.
There have been emergencies in America’s past that have been serious threats to freedom from across the oceans from people who had no experience of, nor any respect for, freedom. There have been emergencies in America’s past that have come from within the nation from those who had the name of being Americans, those who pretended to believe in freedom; yet, they proved through their actions that they did not truly understand nor treasure freedom. The enemies of this nation do not trust the Declaration of Independence, the enemies of the nation do not believe in self-evident truths because the enemies of the nation do not know God in a true way.
Seriously, citizens of the United States are at a crossroads in 2016: Americans either share the belief in the self-evident truths, or they do not. This presidential election represents more than a choice with regard to the character within each of the candidates, more than a choice between either of the political parties and their platforms. This presidential election will determine the future direction of the United States in light of the founding ideals. Regardless of whether there is a consciousness of the consequences of the outcome of this election, there will be far reaching consequences – perhaps as lasting as the actions of brave men and women who stood up to tyranny during the times that tried men’s souls in the War for Independence.
Today, there are many who call themselves Americans, but they have not held onto the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence as self-evident truths, because there are many who cannot accept the existence of a Creator. Today, there are those who have attained political power, and they do not have any significant belief in, or a relationship with, the God of the Declaration. What difference does it make? With regard to America’s fundamental founding principles, it creates a substantial dilemma because the Declaration was based upon a common trust in God, and the Providence of God in history.
If US leaders reject the existence of a Creator, how then could they accept the self-evident truth that all people are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? If Americans on the whole reject the existence of God, upon what foundation do the rights of human beings exist? Once such self-evident truths are rejected, the bedrock foundation of America crumbles. If U.S. leaders reject the existence of God, to whom will they hold themselves accountable? If U.S. leaders reject their accountability to the people, who are meant to be the employers of elected officials, and if there is no God to hold them accountable, where will that leave the people? This would bring the nation back to square one.
The founders firmly believed that they were accountable to God for their words and deeds. The signers believed in Divine Providence, and believed in a purpose for a free nation based upon fundamental principles in such a turbulent world teeming with tyranny. As proclaimed in the concluding paragraph, the signers of the Declaration of Independence held a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” and made an “appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world for rectitude of …intentions” of even creating such a declaration of determination, and ultimately of creating a Land of the Free.
One should not presume that the “Supreme Judge” would be a member of the Supreme Court, as even those on such a high court will someday face the real Judge – and the way events are proceeding in the nation now, it is possible all Americans are facing that Judge at this moment in history. Unfortunately, without any acceptance of the self-evident truth that all people are endowed by their Creator with fundamental rights, an illusion of civil or human rights depends upon the intent and the will of the government. Without any deeper sense of accountability, contemporary elected officials are only accountable to other men (if that) and many believe — only to themselves. Americans are witnessing this drama as it is unfolding in this election!
Amazingly, some of the actions and efforts originating from politicians in the past 50 or 60 years dramatically demonstrate that they do not believe that they are accountable to anyone. With no sincere reliance upon the protection of Divine Providence by many who are currently in elected office, who holds them accountable for their actions? Who held mighty King George III accountable for his actions? We the people in the Declaration of Independence even held the almighty king responsible! This is because brilliant and brave men recognized a much higher authority, and their faith emboldened them to declare their freedom from tyranny.
Now in the infancy of the 21st century, the American people are now facing a great confrontation over the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence. In 2016, Americans face a serious struggle centered upon the primary concept of all people being endowed by God with unalienable rights. This struggle has been initiated through political and social unrest brought about by the thought originating with the “Progressive” Left, which denies the existence of God, proclaims the virtues of government dependency, and undermines the values of Life (Pro-Life), Liberty (Religious Liberty, et.al.), and the pursuit of happiness (no acceptance of responsibility for maintaining or preserving a civil society).
In 2016, Americans face a definitive choice over who we are as a people and as a culture. A true understanding of the Declaration of independence is an essential measuring stick to make a conscientious decision – Americans either hold to a belief in the self-evident truths, or we do not. The Declaration of independence formulates a framework and a premise for all people to declare their reliance upon freedom and rejection of tyranny. It is not just an affirmation of faith, it represents a demand for what human beings should expect in their lives on this planet. The Declaration of Independence is still a call to people of conscience to fight for such noble ideals.
Today, the future of true freedom still depends upon those who cherish it.