Equal rights did not come into being naturally. They are God given, made possible through faith in Christ Jesus. Prior to the writing of the New Testament the concept of governance was through the divine right of Kings, equal rights were basically unheard of. Even after Christ stated to His disciples, “the greatest among you must be the servant of all”; and his greatest servant Paul’s wrote, “Faith in Christ is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.”

And even after Christianity had spread throughout the known world the subject and practice of equality was slow in coming to fruition. It wasn’t until the founding fathers, not all Christians, stated in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal” that the concept began to take hold in the New World, although imperfectly because through compromise it failed to include women, Indians, and Blacks.

Still the Bill of Rights did enumerate the rights of citizens: freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. They also recognized certain protections against an abusive government that would attempt to limit our liberty: the right to peacefully protest, seek redress of grievances, bear arms; personal privacy; protection against self incrimination and excessive punishment to name a few.

Today there are some seeking to destroy the privileges our ancestors fought and died to establish. Our founding fathers are now maligned for their flaws instead of acknowledged for their virtues. Their posterity is held in contempt even though they fought and died to keep alive the concept of “liberty and justice for all” at home and abroad. Working together, America can be a lighthouse on a hillside.

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