We did this Declaration of Independence Family Night recently and taught our kids about the Declaration of Independence. Family Night is your chance to deliberately pass on your values to your kids and also spend time together as a family on a regular basis. Start a tradition now.
We started off with making our kids sing “America the Beautiful”. Then we said a prayer and roasted hot dogs over the fire.
While they finished eating I grabbed out my Pocket Constitution, which also contains the Declaration of Independence, and my Bible and we talked over these lines:
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 . . .
The Constitution is the blueprint of American government and the Declaration of Independence is our mission statement. American government was founded on the realization that first there is a God and second He grants us rights, which cannot be taken by any person or any government unless we infringe on the rights of others.
It is important to understand that the rights we have come from God, they are not given by government. They cannot therefore be taken by government without our consent. If our rights were granted by government then they could also be removed by government. And governments are made up of men and women who are wicked more often than not.
America has a special responsibility and calling. It is our job to be a light and a model of freedom so that others will want what we have and make themselves free as well. We have strayed from our mission statement and our light has dimmed. The result is more confusion and less freedom across the whole world, not just here at home.
Next we had a cherry pit spitting contest. You just eat a cherry and save the pit in your mouth to launch as far as possible with spitting power alone.
Of course Dad won, by a long shot. 24’9″. He has gigantic lungs. It’s really not fair. Just sayin’.
We finished up by making S’mores. Graham cracker, roasted marshmallow, Hershey chocolate bar, more graham cracker. What’s not to love about that?
Then we stood to sing the Star Spangled Banner and had a prayer. Happy Family Night to you!