About five days ago we just celebrated the 238th year of our independence, and it has given us from our Creator certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This statement in the Declaration of Independence specially states who gave us these rights. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men 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". We can recognize first of all, that it is self-evident that there is a "Creator" and that "all men are created" by Him which the skepticism of atheists, secularists and evolutionists cannot deny if they are Americans and hold to this declaration.
Our very Declaration of Independence begins and ends with a great recognition of the Almighty God of the universe : Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Creator, and He established laws concerning our behavior that would contribute to our happiness, if we conform to them. But these unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are more than physical, and should include the spiritual life, liberty and happiness as well.
Life : Spiritual life is very important. God gives us spiritual life when we receive Him as Lord and Saviour (Ephesians 2:8-10). The Bible (KJV) assures us that all of us are indeed created equal in this respect, for "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). All who sincerely search for true spiritual life will indeed find it, for Jesus said that "he who seeks finds" (Luke 11:10), and He also said that "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Therefore, "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (I John 5:12).
Liberty : With reference to spiritual liberty, Christ is the answer! Spiritual liberty, of course, is liberty from penalty of sin at God's coming judgment, freedom from the power of sin in this present life, and eventual freedom from the very presence of sin in Heaven and in the ages to come."Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).
Happiness : There is more to spiritual happiness than having physical wealth. First of all, we should be happy because we know that the almighty God of creation is our God, our Lord Jesus Christ. "Happy is he ... whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever" (Psalm 146:5-6). Second of all, we ought to be wonderfully happy just because we live in a land founded on faith in that God and His Word (KJV 1611). "Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD" (Psalm 144:15). Third and last of all, true happiness is the attainment of true wisdom. "Happy is the man who findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding" (Proverbs 3:13). And how does one start to find true wisdom? "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom?" (Proverbs 9:10). True wisdom of course is growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18). Because in Jesus Christ Himself (who created and upholds all things)"are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3).
In the beginning when the United States of America got its independence on July 4, 1776. "We the people of the United States of America", believed in God as Creator, in the general authority of the Bible (KJV 1611) and in the moral and ethical perfections of the teachings of Jesus Christ. We the people of the United States of America need to go back to the old paths and obey God's commandments from His Book. True happiness is found in obeying God's commandments.
Even though the words in the Declaration of Independence are words to live by, here is even better words to live by. "Let the words of my mouth, and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19: 14).