The Declaration of Independence states that:
- The people have God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of their own happiness. The people’s rights do NOT come from the government; they come from God!
- The government’s purpose is to preserve and protect these God-given rights.
- The government’s power derives from the consent of the governed and “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.”
The very last sentence of the Declaration demonstrates the signer’s devotion to liberty:
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
“Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage, we humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.
“Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning and pure manners.
“Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way.
“Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought out of many kindreds and tongues.
“Endue with the spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be peace and justice at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.
“In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail.
“All of which we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”