Since July 4th just passed I want to look at perhaps the greatest document other than the Bible, The Declaration of Independence.  
The document that gives us our independence and our freedom as a nation.  The framer for this document was none other than Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest presidents we have ever had. Thomas Jefferson was a Presbyterian. He had a habit every Sunday morning of attending a little church in the hills of Virginia, just outside of Arlington, VA. He heard an Englishman preach, and was very interested in what this man had to say about freedom, about being free.
When people come to America, the thing that strikes them most profoundly is the freedom that we enjoy.
Thomas Jefferson was the framer and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and whether you know it or not there was one preacher who signed too, and that was John Witherspoon, only one preacher on it. But I believe that God guided those men when they framed this document which is so important to us today.
This document was adopted by the Continental Congress of the United States, July 4, 1776,  241 years ago this July. And in it are these words, which I think are the most important words the Declaration of Independence contains:
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable (indisputable) rights and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
It is true that God wants all of us to have these three wonderful gifts, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  
We are all the creation of God, every person born on this earth is a creation of God. The Declaration of Independence speak of life lived here and now, on this earth. Yes God gives us life eternal through His Son Jesus, and He wants us to live it as free men.  
The Declaration of Independence is a wonderful document, it is one the most precious document in the archives of Washington, it give us our freedom as citizen of the United States of America, but yet, let me tell you that document is  confined to this life and to this life only. But when Jesus says “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”, He is telling us the truth that God exists, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the Holy Spirit is in this world, God incarnate. That truth can not only give us life here, but give us life beyond this life.
No one is here by accident, but by the grace of God. And if we enjoy the abundant life here, it is by the  grace of God.  In the Scriptures we find Christ offering us everlasting life, in John 3:16,  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” There is something so satisfying about that. God offers us abundant life, abundant pardon, abundant peace, and abundant liberty.
The statue of liberty sits on Liberty Island. Linda and I saw it last year. It used to be Bedlow Island till 1957 when they changed the name to Liberty Island. It sits out on that island standing 305 feet and one inch from the base of the pedestal to the top of the torch.
That is the most commanding sight … it is one of the most awe-inspiring sights that one has ever seen.
It reminds us that God offers us liberty, true liberty.  I believe the Declaration of Liberty was led of God through the foresight of these men.
 “THANK GOD FOR AMERICA!” Thank God for this great country in which we live. So I say, God bless America. And may God bring our leaders back to Him and may our leaders, I pray, follow our Constitution and The Declaration Independence.

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer."

“God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.”
 by Irving Berlin
 
Lloyd Blanton is CEO and Director of FreedomWay Ministries, a faith-based service, in Cleburne County