Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago a document with the words “…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” was signed. Even before the ink was dry, our nation began to question the meaning of this statement. Centuries later, we continue to do so.
Just one week before we celebrate our day of independence, we continue to work to give independence to 11 million people through the Senate’s immigration reform bill. Independence is a messy beast, as we well know. It is going to be a difficult journey ahead if we are to guarantee what we’ve promised all deserve under God: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In a few days I’ll hear explosions and look up to a dark sky filled with light that shooting in all directions. That’s us, I’ll think. We’re the red, purple, yellow, and green lights spreading every which way; bursting with energy, passion, and goodness. It may be noisy and chaotic but there is a perfect design to it all. We are to be fireworks in the night. We are to sing of the independence God intends so that someday the Creator will look upon the work of his hands and say, “That’s it, that is the liberty and justice I bestowed upon them.”