The United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are perhaps the most important documents next to the scriptures ever penned by man. When you think about what has transpired since those two documents were written, it is truly amazing. For one thing they brought about a free enterprise economy that allowed the common man to develop an idea and own the profits from that idea. Real industry was born, where people worked collectively to produce goods and services for the betterment of mankind. The ideas and industry replaced many “old ways of thinking” and ushered in the “industrial revolution” and later a “Cultural Revolution” the likes of which the world has never seen before.
The God of Heaven, who I believe inspired our independence and the writing of our constitution, I also believe inspired so many of the things we have today which we take for granted. If we would stop and remember how merciful the Lord has been to us, and ponder on the great inventions that have blessed our lives since the founding of our nation, things that have truly benefited mankind, we would see His hand in so many areas of these things.
When we take time to remember and ponder on these things we develop a sense of gratitude for the things or blessings we have been given. I know we are all busy people – life is like that – but take the time to remember and ponder and you will feel gratitude for the wonderful blessings in your life. It has been said that gratitude is one of the greatest virtues one can obtain.
Are there faults or evil things that have occurred, absolutely, but that is simply because evil is real, and the author of evil, Satan, also inspires men to do bad things with things that were invented for the good of mankind. And in spite of all the evil in the world there is still more good than bad.
So, I hope this season as we celebrate the birth of our nation, and the declaration 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 you will stop and ponder the blessings we enjoy from our free enterprise or capitalist system upon which our economy is based, for we are truly blessed in so many ways. And may God continue to bless America.