Celebrating the Truth on the Fourth

July 4, 2009

- by George Vogt

flagLittle Elm, TX (MetroCatholic) - I wrote this piece 2 years ago. With a few modifications, it is even more relevant today.

Tomorrow, we will celebrate our country’s independence, yet we should not forget our total dependence on God nor should we be afraid to lean on one another in times of need.

We celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We consider ourselves a “Just” nation.

However, we are a nation that does not recognize the value of life from the moment of conception until natural death. The science of metaphysics proves that, at the moment of conception, a “human being” does indeed exist. In short, at the moment of conception, a new and unique set of human DNA exists. This DNA, while obviously having characteristics of the father and the mother, is clearly not the father’s or the mother’s. It is a unique human being. Additionally, many would have us believe that the value of one’s life is dependant on his/her ability to be a “productive” human being. Created by God, we share in the dignity of “the image of God”.

The definition of liberty has been so twisted that even Webster now says one meaning is to do whatever one wishes. Surely this was never the intent of the “founding fathers” of our country as this promotes anarchy. Worth noting is a quote from Anton Levay (founder of the church of Satan in the USA) “Do what thy wilt shall be the whole of the law”). Various atheistic groups and even some who claim to be Christian hold that any form of religion is suppressive and that this nation should be freed from the values of the Natural Law in favor of self and self-reliance.

Many people believe that the pursuit of happiness means a guarantee of happiness. Our nation should always help those truly in need, but it should never confuse helping someone with blindly throwing money and resources at a person (or problem). Financial assistance without training, guidance, and accountability hurts, not helps one. This requires true empathy.

Justice is one of the four Cardinal Virtues. The other three are Prudence, Fortitude, and Temperance. As I consider whether we are truly just, I look to guidance from the Church to help me to understand such a complex topic:

Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the “virtue of religion.” Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor. “You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.” CCC

I love this country. There is NO better place to live. However, true patriotism does not mean following blindly nor ignoring that which needs to be corrected or improved. True freedom attains perfection only when it is directed toward God.
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From “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” In Congress, July 4, 1776

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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