The Public Square Radio Broadcast - The Declaration of Independence
A national holiday, all because of a piece of
paper? Have you seen the movie, "National
The plot is simple: a treasure map was hidden on the back of the Declaration
of Independence, so Nicholas Cage decides to steal the treasured document.
What follows is a pretty good action film, mostly clean fiction, safe for family
But is it really fiction?
Of course we are not talking about an ancient Masonic treasure map, but you can
make a pretty good case that the Declaration of Independence has been largely
stolen from America. Sure, we still celebrate the signing today, the 4th of
July, but when is the last time you read
the Declaration or heard a sermon about it?
Did you read it in school? Did you learn
about its core principles? Did you memorize those famous words: "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, that to secure these rights,
governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent
of the governed..."
It seems somebody beat Nicholas Cage to the treasure. In large part, the
Declaration and the core founding principles it explains, have been stolen from
today's culture. We don't hear the words or debate their meanings anymore.
It’s as if our very history has been stolen away.
There is a group of people seeking to rediscover America's national treasures.
You'll find them at aproundtable.org. No, it’s not a secret society.
Why not rediscover America, enjoy the