Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Happy Independence Day

July always reminds us of the incredible work completed by our forefathers in the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This amazing document states, “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, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”

What does it mean?

Our unalienable Rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” sounds great. Does this mean that we can do whatever we want whenever we want? Of course not! We have to live in a community so we have to be sensitive to the rights of others. Our Founders birthed a democracy based on a Christian moral worldview, that all Men are created equal and that our unalienable rights were endowed by our Creator. Our truths are first of all derived from God. Then, within those truths are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, our liberties and pursuits for happiness, under biblical guidelines, do not harm others or cause others life, liberties and pursuits of happiness to be diminished. This is true for all, including those who are continuing their development in the womb, as well as those continuing their development out of the womb. We have no right to force our liberties on others, especially if it interferes with their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness under the guidelines of God.

Freedom to choose

We understand these rights at Life Choices Pregnancy Center and we respect them. We don’t coax or scare our clients into a decision that we would want them to make. Instead we offer them evidence based education, limited medical services, relationship and life skills and the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus did give His life for God’s plan to allow all humans the opportunity to be reunited with Him, He still gives us the right to choose Him or not. He knows that love cannot be forced. That is why we tell our clients the truth about their options, and then let them choose. We love them no matter what they choose and want to continue to offer them opportunities for the grace of God in their lives. Our relationship with our clients remains continuously open for conversation so they can always have the opportunity to come to Christ. When our clients know that we love them no matter what they choose, they feel the freedom to choose life.