This weekend we celebrate our nation’s independence. On July 4, 1776, the colonists signed the Declaration of Independence. The colonists had fought for representation so that their voices could be heard. They declared their independence and fought the Revolutionary War for seven years. They believed that all people have certain rights given by God that can never be taken away. We continue to learn what it truly means to believe that all people have these rights. For instance, it was almost 9o years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence before slavery was abolished.
God has given each of us a special dignity, made in his image. We are called to stand up for the rights of all. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, I encourage you to think about the freedom and rights that you have and to pray that all may have the same rights.