unpacking meaning of “life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.”
At a 4th of July picnic you can enter a watermelon spitting contest to see whose seeds go the farthest! You might also discover the spiritual significance behind several famous Revolutionary quotes from 1776.
At our recent annual Atlanta 4th of July picnic, I asked our international guests what famous quotes they knew about Independence Day. One person said portions of Thomas Jefferson’s opening lines from the Declaration of Independence, “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 pursuit of happiness.”
As a follow-up question, I asked for a quote about liberty. Another person remembered Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death.” Did you know that quote parallels the Good News that Jesus chose death to give us liberty! His one-time, substitutionary & sacrificial gift of death paid for our sins. What better liberty than that!
Finally, I asked if they knew another famous Revolutionary quote from a patriot willing to die? Someone referred Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British in 1776: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
My simple conclusion: “Jesus gladly gave the one life he lived to die for our sins.” No regrets!