We hold these truths to be self-evident.”
These words appear in the Declaration of Independence as the American colonies attempted to justify separation from their mother country, Great Britain.
The writer was appealing to a higher law, a natural law, God’s law.
Our nation is built on this law. Indeed, the men who later framed our Constitution knew that the success of our experiment with the concept of government of, by, and for the people was dependent on the fact that we were a Christian people. Without our Judeo-Christan roots we would be lost, and heaven help us if we ever turn away from that faith.
The tumult and the shouting dies; the captains and the kings depart; Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, an humble and a contrite heart: Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, lest we forget, lest we forget.
Far-called our navies melt away, on dune and headland sinks the fire; Lo all the pomp of yesterday is one with Nineveh and Tyre: Judge of the nations, spare us yet, lest we forget, lest we forget.*
We must not forget!