A Country Founded on Moral Law

Jeff Kurtz
4 min readMar 3, 2018

Our Founding Fathers were God-abiding men on a moral mission to gain freedom from their British oppressors. During this time of enlightenment, they all signed a document penned by Thomas Jefferson which serves as our Declaration of Independence. All our founders were in accord with the words that were written. And in this document, they made their beliefs very clear — that there are self-evident truths, decreed by our Creator, the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, that give all men free and equal status, as well as the Rights to Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness.

The Declaration of IndependenceWhen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.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.

In the document’s first paragraph , Jefferson states there are times when countries and peoples must leave, or declare independence, from their mother country in order to gain the free and equal status they are entitled to by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” Stated simply, he’s saying that “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” give men the Right to Freedom.

In the document’s second paragraph, Jefferson states there are truths so intuitive that no explanation is necessary, and these truths are: “that all men are created equal” and are given Rights by our Creator that cannot be taken away — to live, to live freely, and to pursue their own happiness. To summarize, he’s saying our Creator gives men the Right to Freedom.

Review the preceding paragraphs and analyze the logic to keep it honest: This says that “Creator”, the “Laws of Nature” and “Nature’s God” are interchangeable. They all refer to the same thing. This understanding is consistent with the notion that the Natural Laws discovered by science and God’s Laws as described by the Bible are the same. If the Creator (God) and the Laws of Nature (Natural Laws) are the same, then Natural Laws must also give us our freedom. And since humans can give and take way another human’s freedom, then Natural Laws must govern human behavior. The subset of Natural Laws that govern human behavior are Moral Laws. So, by extension, Morals Laws must be universal and govern all human behavior.

This revelation has profound implications. It means our actions are defined by cause-effect relationships that have consistent consequences when all factors are completely understood. And if we care enough to understand these causal relationships and their consequences, we will gain the wisdom to understand how our actions impact one another and our world.

United States Constitution PreambleWe the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were authored in the same spirit. Read the first paragraph of our Constitution to understand this truth. Simply put, government exists to preserve our liberty; and the “Blessings of Liberty” come from the Creator, the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, as declared in our Declaration of Independence. And as we concluded, the Creator, the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God refer to natural, universal Moral Laws.

Government also exists to maintain law and order, and the principles upon which the laws that “establish Justice” and “insure domestic Tranquility” are based come from the Creator, the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, as declared in our Declaration of Independence. This tells us that the quality of the laws that promote our justice and tranquility are governed by Moral Laws.

Government also exists to provide for the needs of its people, and the guidelines to “promote the general Welfare” come from the Creator, the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, as declared in our Declaration of Independence. Again, this says the quality of services that promote our welfare are governed by Moral Laws.

Our conclusion is simple: Government must abide by Moral Laws to justly establish the general welfare of society — the Laws of Mindfulness, Temperance, Humility, Frugality, Honesty, Compassion, Grace and Forgiveness among others, all working in concert to achieve the Greater Good. And it doesn’t matter whether we believe these laws are provided to us by nature or are handed down by God. The only thing that matters is that we hold steadfast to our principles by honoring these laws, and that our politicians model the behavior we wish to emulate as a nation, while still maintaining separation of church and state.

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