According to Stephen Lucas, in his book, “Justifying America: The Declaration of Independence as a Rhetorical Document”, the Preamble contains one of the best-known sentences in English language with the most potent and consequential words in American history:
"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."
Note the “and” between liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This conjunction tells us that these three privileges (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) serve equally within a three part summation that point to a larger pursuit. Yet, many have capped the pursuit to be happiness itself, instead of the search for something infinitely larger. By stripping God of his “Omni” nature in our hearts, we not only skew the Preamble, but hypothetically label “loads of lassitude” over “pursuit of happiness”. What a miserable substitution! Digging deeper, perhaps this reveals an increasingly taboo struggle with young generations: the hunger-robbing headlock that coerces both immediate solution and satisfaction known as entitlement.
Think medically for a moment. Imagine you’ve endured a flesh-wound and you’re contemplating the best course of action. Rather than pour the Proxicide on the wound first, you prematurely apply the Band-Aid instead and carry on as if everything is cool, even if you feel far from it. Now think about the sensibility of the decision. What does this mentality speak to? For a desire to be healthy is only human, but to care about the intimate deals concerning how healing happens? That’s another story. Why is it we are so willing to sacrifice purity for less suffering and righteousness for a smile? Are we so desperate to move on from heartache, we’d be so willing to cast aside long-term benefits? Seriously, does anyone else muse over why an absent-minded culture can’t be absent to its double-minded ways?
Again, the pursuit of happiness, if not prioritized properly, can be a deceptive disruption as the lead driver in the entitlement enterprise. Why? Because entitlement undercuts holy motivation and discourages one to live in the fullness of Christ. It prevents us from understanding how a) achievement in the spiritual realm cannot occur when the shortcut to success is the road traveled by, b) the shortcut to success is affixed to a pursuit of happiness when idolatry and/or soul ties has manifested c) entitlement bound to any other stronghold sets the stage for consequential bridges to be burned in place of inconsequential silos.
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