Our Declaration of Independence states this in its preamble:
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.
And then there is this from Exodus:
Then God spoke all these words: … You shall not kill.
The Declaration affirms that we, all human beings, have “Creator” given unalienable rights to “certain” things. The signers of the Declaration declared that any government that interfered with any of the unalienable rights was subject to being abolished and replaced. One of those unalienable rights is life. Life … We have the right to be alive. Which means we have the right to stay alive. In other words, the government, according to the Declaration, should not be taking our lives away from us. The government should not be killing us. Which is consistent with the 5th Commandment, right? We are not to kill, right? But we, our government and humanity in general doo a good bit of killing. In fact, though the 5th Commandment tells us not to kill, the Old Testament is chock full of killing! How do we sort all this out? Maybe Jesus can help. What does he say about the 5th Commandment? Come and hear about it Sunday at 8:30 and 11 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jeff Preaches “The Monster Within, Part 1” based on Exodus 20: 1; 13.