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Happy Memorial Day from the NCLL!

Today, despite all of the problems that America is facing, is a day set aside to honor and appreciate the sacrifices that so many have made to make our country possible. Aren't you thankful to have the opportunity to live in America, a country that was clearly founded upon Biblical values? America's greatness—coupled with the fact that so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our liberties—is what motivates us at the NCLL to protect the foundation that our country was built upon. In the latest edition of Understanding the Constitution, we explain our God-given rights as being of the highest importance:

In America, our rights come from God, not from the government. Therefore, the government cannot rightfully take them away. What the government gives, the government can take away. But our nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, makes clear that our rights are unalienable because they come from God.

America’s Founders and the authors of the Declaration of Independence believed that the purpose of government is to secure the unalienable God-given rights of Man. Conversely, the power of government is limited to protecting Man’s unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To go beyond this mandate from God would mean that government was acting outside the boundaries of its just powers.

When Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men,” he proclaimed that all men are free to live independently under the laws of nature or to choose to live in a civil society. By choosing to live in a civil society, men authorize their community to make laws for them. As a result, governments derive “their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” Because the people receive their liberty from God alone, they must freely and voluntarily agree to join together to live in a community under the authority of a government. 

We are so thankful that so many have served our country to make America possible. Now we must do our part to keep America great!