We know their action as The Declaration of Independence, which gives 27 reasons why they believed the King was unfit to rule their lives.
The Founders declared, "A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be a ruler of a free people."
And for these reasons, they mutually pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor," took action and birthed the most exceptional, free, blessed, prosperous and generous nation in the history of the world.
Their actions were based on 27 Grievances and a profound commitment and deeply held belief in the eternal principles of Scripture. And an undying belief that rights and freedoms were given by God, our Creator, not government.
A quick look at their grievances is sobering to freedom loving people.
27 Reasons to change course. Source: The Declaration of Independence.
- He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
- He has forbidden his Governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
- He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
- He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
- He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
- He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
- He has endeavoured(sic) to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
- He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
- He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
- He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
- He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.
- He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power.
- He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
- For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
- For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
- For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
- For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
- For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
- For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences
- For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies:
- For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
- For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
- He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
- He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
- He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat(sic) the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
- He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
- He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured(sic) to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
- In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
These are the characteristics that our Founders believed defined a Tyrant. They believed the King of England had become a tyrant and wrote "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence," they would face down their giant---their Goliath.
They knew the only thing standing between them and annihilation was God.
They, along with Patrick Henry proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death." They obtained liberty and life through the providence and blessing of God.
The last line of the Declaration reads: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor."
At what point will America decide to attach this kind of importance and urgency to our current culture and circumstances.
As my little kids would say on road trips, "Are we there yet?"
I think we're there. It is time for spiritual renewal, cultural restoration and political reform.
- Spiritual renewal can only come from God.
- Cultural restoration can only come from the actions of God's people.
- Political reform can only follow 1 and 2.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.