A man of faith is counting his blessings this July 4th — and sharing key reminders for all about the creation of our country.
“The United States is unique in world history and its founding is the greatest of all human endeavors,” Rabbi Pinchas Taylor of Plantation, Florida, told Fox News Digital in emailed comments.
“The formation of the United States is the pivotal event of the last four centuries — and no other national story has more profound lessons for both the American people and the rest of humanity,” he said.
That includes, he said, “the belief in one God, that He demands righteousness, and that we are made in God’s image.”
Said Taylor, “Even those within the founding age who were less religiously devout looked to the Bible for understandings of human nature, civic virtue, social order, political authority and other ideas crucial to the foundation of a new political society.”
And “many people,” he added, “felt that the political and legal structures found in Scripture, such as the separation of powers and the rule of law, enjoyed divine favor and should be imitated in modern democracies.”
Taylor said he finds it “fascinating” that the Declaration of Independence “refers to ‘all men being created equal’ as a ‘self-evident’ truth.”
Taylor pointed out that the United States has been a nation of faith from its earliest days.
“The early settlers viewed their emigration from England as a reenactment of the Israelites exodus from Egypt. The Kings of England were the pharaohs, and the Atlantic Ocean was the Red Sea taking them to America, their new promised land.”
He said that “strengthening our connection with the biblical values etched in the America’s history” will help all Americans “properly shape” our country’s destiny.
“Both our Founding Fathers and the Hebrew Bible believed that morality comes from God — and income comes from personal decisions” the individual makes.
Noted Rabbi Taylor, “Both the Founding Fathers and the Hebrew Bible believe that you are strong, capable and responsible for your own destiny — whereas some today would preach that you are weak and simply a victim of circumstance.”