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Fourth of July

On 4th of July, 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had this to say about what has been the core belief of our nation and the basis of western civilization’s notion of “universal human rights.”

“You see, the founding fathers were really influenced by the Bible. The whole concept of the imago dei – is the idea that all men have something w/in them that God injected. And this gives him a uniqueness, it gives him worth, it gives him dignity. And we must never forget this as a nation: there are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a base black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God…Are we really taking this seriously? It means that every man who lives in a slum today is just as significant as any other rich man who doesn’t.”

As we celebrate our independence, let us also keep in mind where our culture’s notion of moral good, freedom and human rights originates. How quickly we forget. It comes from the belief that all human beings are created in the image of God. Today, we have people in our nation who are rabid proponents of human rights and caring for poor,etc. but who reject biblical Christianity — which is the very basis of the morality and rights they readily stand up and defend. How incredible and sadly ironic.

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