You don’t have to wait for anyone to approve who you are or who your children are because they [gays and lesbians] are approved. They are already fully sanctified by their Maker.
Ethel Baker, C.S.B.
03rd Jul 2016
by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.
One of the most stirring and profound proclamations in American history is the first line from the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776):
“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.”
This isn’t just one country’s declaration of independence, it is the declaration of every individual’s right to live a life free to pursue one’s own desire for fulfillment. A right endowed by the Creator, not by man. The inference surely meant that because it is God-given, no man could take it away.
To drive home the point, the Founding Fathers added “unalienable” to mandate how secure and impenetrable these rights are: incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or impossible to take away or give up. Inseparable because they are inherent to each individual.
About 100 years later, Mary Baker Eddy focused on the same powerful statement to illuminate the divine basis of endowed rights, and clarify the responsible demonstration of them:
“God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.”
Every individual is self-governed only when one’s consciousness and reasoned thinking aligns with his inherent divine nature. Eddy writes in Science and Health that every individual is inseparable from his spiritual nature…this is one’s actual identity. President Abraham Lincoln described it as “the better angels of our nature.”
Can you or a community of individuals go against those better angels? It sure looks like that many times throughout history. But it is inevitable that when conscience and reason rule, guided by the angels of selfless wisdom, compassion, forgiveness, and goodness – individually at first then collectively – the right way for the rights of all is clear. And opposition falls before the angels.
President Lincoln implored the better angels to try to prevent the onset of the disastrous American Civil War. Four awful years later, within days of victory over secessionists and the end of slavery, Lincoln used his second Inaugural Address to call for healing from the “better angels”:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
We all, wherever we live, have the right to enjoy a life self-governed by and inseparable from wisdom, love, peace, and goodness.
These are the angels of our divine identity. This is who we are!
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, first Inaugual Address, March 4, 1861