“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…..”
The longer I live, the more respect I have for those who declared America a nation and lived to support that declaration. They weren’t perfect men and women, but they were good men and women, and they were so wise.
Nearly 250 years ago, they wrote in our founding document that the people who would feel at home in America would be those to whom it was readily apparent that all men were created, and that man’s Creator was a Kind One. After all, what but a Kind Creator would have endowed man with inalienable Rights, especially Rights such as Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?
Here’s the concept I’ve been particularly struck by as of late…..
It’s a buzzword in our culture.
It’s a club. It’s a hammer. It’s a lever. It’s misused. It’s misunderstood. It’s trampled. It’s worshipped.
But what’s more than all of that, our founding fathers – the ones who have found their names and lives the object of undue ridicule in my generation – saw it as a hill to die on.
Only not for the reason many today would guess.
True equality is a concept that is distinctly and exclusively derived from a Benevolent Creator. Equality can be demanded from no other platform.
We’re all equal? You can’t get that from science. That’s absurd. Nowhere in study of natural or metaphysical realms does the concept of endowed equality exist.
We’re all equal? You can’t get that from reason. There’s no evidence. I’m far more useful than some people, but far less useful than others. I contribute far more than some, but far less than others. And the same is true for each of you.
We’re all equal? You can’t get that from evolution. Survival of the fittest. Mr. Mouse thinks he’s equal to Mr. Cat? Good luck making that case with the food chain. That only works in Tom and Jerry.
We’re all equal? Try explaining that to the women and children throughout history who have been trampled and used by brutal men only because they were physically stronger. And, men are generally physically stronger than women and children. It’s a fact. There’s nothing equal about that.
No, equality only exists in a world where we are all equal because we all bear the image of our Creator. That’s the only way equality can exist.
It isn’t in science, or evolution, or philosophy, or history, or some well-thought-out concept of social governance.
Only creation, by a Kind Creator who chose to make us image-bearers.
Equality was such an important concept to the men and women who founded our nation precisely because they believed that we were created by the God of the Bible, and that He was kind.
I hope and pray we can move towards true equality in this country. There are so many in our past who gave so much in hopes that we would.