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Today is the day we celebrate

The independence of our nation from England…

It has been 239 years now.

 

The Declaration of Independence begins like this:

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’s right, our rights came from our Creator…

The One who created mankind in His image.

That is what gives us value as humans.

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Our value comes from our Creator

 

Not a piece of paper…

Whether it is the Declaration of Independence

Or a marriage licence…

Or any other human certification.

 

If He values us as humans at the level of

“Just a little lower than the angels” (cf. Psalm 8:5-6)

Then we must be careful

Not to deny His evaluation of us and other humans.

 

Yes, it is true. We are sinners.

We have fallen short of His commands

As well as overstepped the boundaries

He has set in place.

 

But that doesn’t undo our value before GOD

Nor does it change the value of the person next to us.

That human being has value too…and dignity.

No matter what they look like.

No matter how they have treated the gifts GOD gave them.

 

It is our job to treat that person with respect as well.

In so doing, we are treating him…or her, with the same love and honor

We would give to Jesus if He were the One who was in front of us…

Hungry, naked, sick, orphaned or outcast…or dressed fit to kill!

 

Blessings during the the of 4th of July weekend

As you reflect on equality and rights under GOD

And living in a fallen world.

 

How do we show our respect for others,

particularly those with whom we disagree?

 

How do we love those who live in a lifestyle that GOD says is

sinful, which includes us all too often!

while still being respectful of their valuable humanity?

 

How do we love people that make us uncomfortable for whatever reason?

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
    you have established strength because of your foes,
 to still the enemy and the avenger.

 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
 What is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings (angels)
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
 all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

    Psalm 8

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