Our Unalienable Rights

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

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.

The above is the first sentence of the second paragraph from The Declaration of Independence,* and it is self-evident to people, instinctively, that all men are created equal, and God is the Creator.

All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, some of which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Still, these are not all of our unalienable rights. It is interesting to me to find the word unalienable used in so many books relating to our independence, transposed, or rather mistranslated into the word inalienable; “inalienable” means not transferable. However, “unalienable” means not to be separated, or taken away!

Someone may think, Oh well, what is the difference anyway? Unalienable means that our God-given rights are inseparable from any aspect of our lives, and was to be handed down not only to us, but to our posterity as well, while inalienable infers that the rights cease to exist with the framers and the generation of the time when the Declaration of Independence was written. Unalienable literally prevents separating our personal religious beliefs from our conscious decision regarding politics, or anything else that we pursue in our lives.

It is like this example, to hold a baseball in one’s glove is like the word inalienable, because the subject (as a single person) has possession of the baseball but he has no one to pass the baseball to. While unalienable is that the subject (as a team player) passes the baseball along to another catcher who throws it to another and so on down the line, thus, allowing the game to continue. Therefore, to hold is inalienable, and to release is unalienable.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This above is the Preamble of the Constitution, and explains the reason for the document’s construction and writing. Let us draw our attention to the phrase, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity where it is observable that this was written to highlight that Unalienable rights were to be preserved not only to that living generation, but were to be extended and secured for their Posterity which includes us today and our Posterity tomorrow.

The Declaration of Independence was written to help initiate and preserve our freedom without fears and threats from any government, to enjoy our union with the Creator and to thoroughly experience our God-given unalienable rights. The men who wrote the Declaration of Independence concluded it with this sentence: And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE [God], we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. They laid their very lives, fortunes, and honor on the line to secure for us today the Divine Providence of God’s protection.

Following is a statement of Benjamin Franklin: . . . In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room [where they were writing the Constitution] for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend or do we imagine that we no longer needed His assistance? What an amazing statement to make during the framing of our Constitution, to recall to the minds of the delegates that it was by the Divine Providence from our powerful heavenly Friend, Who is the Creator of heaven and earth, that freedom was secured so that they could continue on the course of freedom with God as their stronghold and refuge, and that they, as well as we, need His assistance in life.

Complacency and apathy towards the Declaration of Independence have been growing considerably, and it is only because of God’s grace that America is still free. I do not believe all is lost by any means, for we still have God’s blessings of liberty upon our country, and upon our very souls.

Today we do not necessarily pledge our fortunes and very lives. Rather, we simply enjoy the pledge and the fruit of their labors. Did you know that in most (not all) cases that when someone earns a fortune by hard work that their heirs usually end up spending it all by the third generation? The reason why is because they never earned it in the first place! They only enjoyed having it given to them based on the labor of others and a birthright. This is similar to Americans of today, all we have is what our founding fathers gave to us, and thankfully and with the Divine Providence of God Almighty, we still, generations later, enjoy the labors of the past as our birthright!

I heard once that if the founders of the Constitution could return today, they would be sickened by the way our country functions; however, I do not believe that for one second, they could never had fathomed that their work would still be providing the foundational principles that are upholding America all these many years hence.

We still live in the greatest country in the world because the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These great documents were founded upon allowing the Father of Lights to have His place in our hearts (without fear), so we could freely enjoy His healing Word and allow His Word to have free course, being completely unfettered by our society.

We still live in the greatest place to be examples of the love of God to the world.

We today are blessed because of God’s blessings upon America, and we do live with God in Christ in our hearts as examples of how to live as a Christian, and as Christian families.

When we secured our independence from Great Britain, America blazed the secured trail to the heart of God’s divine will for all men.

Today God thrives in the lives of His children and we can enjoy our lives with Him without fear.

Psalms 34:4:
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

His blessings that began to be multiplied with our forefathers and upon our land have continued growing even to this present day with Our Unalienable Rights in the same way that Ezekiel expressed:

Ezekiel 34:26-37:
-26: And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
-27: And the tree of the fields shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

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