Tuesday, January 3, 2012
A Legacy of Freedom
President Ronald Reagan said, "I believe this blessed land was set apart in a very special way, a country created by men and women who came here, not in search of gold, but in search of God. They would be free people, living under the law with faith in their Maker and their future."
The Founding Fathers believed man's rights came from God, not a king. The Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
James Madison once said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of the Government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
Benjamin Franklin reminded the delegates in the midst of their gridlock and major differences, that it was God who intervened in their daily prayers and allowed them to win the war for independence. He urged the delegates to turn to prayer to find the guidance to reach agreement in framing the Constitution, reminding them of the scripture, "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain."
The question is, will we get back to the basics our founders created? Basics which allowed us to grow long term through self-initiative, risk, innovation, leadership, and underlying principles of repentance and finding our freedom in Christ.
Authored by John Beehner, author of "The Freedom Revolution... Rocking our World" and founder of Ask Wise Counsel, dedicated to the spiritual and economic growth of companies and individuals.