FACT Report: June 17, 2015

Paving the Way for Independence (June 17, 2015)

Soon we will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but this week our English ancestors are remembering the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

While a political declaration of rights written by a group of thirteenth-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king might seem irrelevant to us, it was a breakthrough in the civil rights of people relative to their government.

In fact, our right under the Fifth Amendment to our Constitution not to have our property seized or to be punished for a crime without due process of law is a direct descendant of the Magna Carta.

So, even as we prepare to give thanks to God for our nation’s independence, let us also give thanks to God for those who paved the way for us.

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