With July 4 upon us, memory takes us to the Declaration of Independence. The declaration was a stand taken by people, the stand to govern themselves. However, a declaration is only the beginning. American’s declaration occurred in 1776. A war then needed to be fought with the old beliefs in order to gain new thoughts, new ways and means.
From the Declaration of Independence: “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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness… “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved…”
Nehemiah 4: 1-14
After years of fighting, it took until the year 1783 before the United States and Great Britain signed the peace Treaty of Paris, and British troops left New York City. The Biblical principles of declaring independence and fighting for freedom still stand functional today. After the United States claimed its sovereignty, one-hundred-eighty years later, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before a crowd of thousands in Washington D.C., August 28, 1963.
In his, I Have a Dream, speech Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity… “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination… “But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt… “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2
How can you apply this Biblical principle in your life today? Can you take a stand against over-eating? Can you declare independence from gossiping about others? Can you fight on the side of love and forgive someone who has done you wrong?
From 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Discerning the rights of people, we can’t fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Trepidation and shock are not legitimate states of people. God made us free. Paul said, ‘I was born a citizen.’ Humanity should be free to help themselves and society. ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.’ Love and Truth make free, whereas evil and error lead into captivity… “Divine Science raises the standard of freedom and says: ‘Follow me! Escape from the control of sickness, sin, and death!’ Jesus designated the way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious freedom of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right. The self-deluded idolatrous views, not divine law, has captivated you, made you arthritic, made you a procrastinator, weakened your body, and ruined your reputation… “What happens when we don’t fight and destroy sin? What happens when we don’t destroy finite convictions or mortal status quos? Our mental and physical state will perceive suffering… “The way is straight and narrow which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a fight with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter—certainly before we can reach the realm of Spirit or life in God… “The Old Testament assigns different functions to the angels, or God’s divine messages. Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the troops of heaven against the power of sin (Satan), and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the quieter task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. When strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God, Truth and Love are tangibly felt, even in times of anguish. There is no contest for Gabriel. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love and there is no error, no sin, sickness, or death. The dragon can’t war for long against Love because it is killed by divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail and the conflict between flesh and Spirit is ended… “If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and talk, you are a better person and can finally say, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ This is having our part in the reconciliation with Truth and Love. Don’t continue working and praying, with the expectation that because of another person’s goodness, suffering, and triumph, that you will reach that person’s harmony and reward. There is no surrogate savior… “The voice of God in behalf of the people is reverberating around the world as the spokesperson of the new crusade sounds the keynote of universal mental freedom. A fuller acknowledgement of the rights of man and woman as useful spiritual beings demands that the terrors of sin, sickness, and death be exterminated from the human mind. Spiritual freedom is gained, not through human warfare, but through spiritual Science… “Spiritual and moral freedom is found in Soul…”  Acts 22:28  II Cor. 3:17  Rom. 8:21  II Tim. 4:7