Remembering Independence Day
As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, let us take a moment to recognize that the forefathers of this nation signed the Declaration of Independence with their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
They pledged everything they had to pursue the idea that no one man was better than any other. Their vision was limited to their time and place. It ignored women, children, people of color, and The Indigenous. Those were to come later in a struggle that continues to this day.
What would you treasure so dearly that you would offer up your life, fortune, and sacred honor to bring it into being? For our forefathers, it was the revolutionary realization that kings were no better than anyone else and that there was inherent value in the commoner. They fought for democracy, the greater good as they understood it, and the rule of law.
May we do no less.
Dr. Lois M. Sprague, Ph.D., President
The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out