Declaration of Dependence

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The other day I was looking at the Beatitudes and was simply struck by how counter they are to our own American “Declaration of Independence.”  Now, here I go again with another popular, feel-good post (smile).  But this is a word that few want to hear: Our inalienable rights endowed us by our Creator and protected by our government – life, liberty, and our pursuit of happiness – do not necessarily coincide with the declaration of dependence on Christ in the beatitudes. I have never heard anyone say that before, and wish I hadn’t just done so, but there it is in all its glory.

Declaration of Dependence vs. Independence

Declaration of Dependence vs. Independence
This kind of leans back into my recent entitlement posts, doesn’t it?  Many hear the words “pursuit of happiness” as “our right to experience happiness.” Well, this is just a recipe for destruction. God has endowed me with the right of free will, but not to the life I demand, the liberty I insist upon, and the happiness I expect. But wait—that’s my American RIGHT, right?

This course of action is a set-up for serious hurt and deep disappointment. Though it doesn’t halt my attempts, these ideals are not guaranteed me.  And even if I have achieved my goal of the American dream, it doesn’t assure my true satisfaction.

Beatitudes: Declaration of Dependence on Christ

Beatitudes declaration of dependence on Christ
So let’s look at the declaration of Christ.

Blessed are . . .

  • …the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (5:3).
  • …those who mourn: for they will be comforted (5:4).
  • …the meek: for they will inherit the earth (5:5).
  • …those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be satisfied (5:6).
  • …the merciful: for they will be shown mercy (5:7).
  • …the pure in heart: for they will see God (5:8).
  • …the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God (5:9).
  • …those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (5:10).
  • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You see, happiness is our drive but satisfaction is our need.  God precisely created us to be motivated by reward.  But there’s a catch here: the Lord is the Author of how my life is laid out and what my circumstances will be.  As a child of God, He decides for me what life, liberty, and my pursuit of happiness looks like. And living His choice, then I am satisfied!

So what if our founding fathers wrote a Declaration of In-Dependence 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 inalienable Rights, that among these are the right to poorness of spirit, to being meek, to hungering and thirsting after Righteousness; the right to be merciful, pure-hearted, to be a peacemaker who is persecuted for Righteousness; you have the right to be insulted, persecuted and falsely accused, and ultimately, you have the right to rejoice to live God’s dream.

You see, God isn’t obligated to uphold my assumed rights of happiness. His passionate pursuit is for the rights of His SON—for His Life, His Liberty, and His Pursuit for His Bride. My declaration of dependence supports His rights to be my Life, to be my Rights and bring in His Kingdom.

Comments:

Posted by Roman Ropp
April 30, 2016 at 10:35 pm

As Creator, the Potter has the authority to do with His pots whatever He chooses. As Sovereign, He has the right to do whatever He decides with His entire creation. In fact, He’s the only one with this right. As the Potter, all rights are exclusive to Him. – See more at: http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/rights-mans-sacrilegious-claim-to-divinity/#sthash.7LSpiflq.dpuf

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Posted by Christy
April 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Yes — love this. Thank you!

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Posted by Rosalinda
April 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

I am trying to sign this but I can’t get on the right page. Can you send me infor. on this. I am ready to sign. Thank you, Rosalinda Bolla’

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    Posted by John Enslow
    April 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

    There’s nowhere to official sign this declaration but your comment is sufficient for me. And I believe God hears the intention of your heart too. Thank you for commenting Rosalinda!

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Posted by Sandy
February 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

These words are GOLD…

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Posted by Donna McManus
January 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I have a friend who send this site to me because I had shared with her how the Lord had revealed this very same truth about the US Declaration of Independence and how it in no way fits with who we, His body , are called to be. Though we live here, this is not where our true citizenship is nor is it our true home. Thanks for this “one in Spirit” truth.

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    Posted by John Enslow
    January 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    How cool is that Donna! I believe this is a now word for those called to be His. He probably spoke it to you with passion as well. I hope you will stick around! God bless.

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Posted by Irene
January 31, 2014 at 8:48 am

Pondering . . .

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Posted by Fabi
January 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

I love when I read you and find synchronized with what I´ve been meditating, feel on the way.
Just yesterday I told my husband after I marked my Bible in the mountain sermon in Mathew that a way to keep my motives on the Father, to become a bounty hunter.
Thanks John, where do I sing the new Declaration of Independance?

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    Posted by Sam
    January 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Haha… where shall we sing the new Declaration of Independance?

    🙂

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Posted by Tina
January 31, 2014 at 8:03 am

Absolutely! The pursuit of the American dream has caused more fear and pain than we can ever know. Children are sacrificed at it’s alter daily! The love of the world takes precedent over the love for God,one’s family and others. It causes people to hide behind facades of success, material goods, and a love of knowledge, all which when the fruit is born is rotten.

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Posted by Brother Kirk
January 31, 2014 at 6:08 am

I like the new Declartion of Independece, and His Pursuit of His Happiness. Thanks John

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