Thomas Jefferson could have been speaking to a 21st-century America when he said, "Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction." Wow, what a statement and warning!
Jefferson, as well as the other Founding Fathers, feared we would forget what freedom was all about and stray toward selfish greed without morality, integrity and service to others. Has their fear not materialized in our day?
The one constant in life was our Founders' security and also the source of all things in the declaration: their "Creator." Our founders trusted not in the supply but the supplier to acquire life, liberty and happiness, and they encouraged us to do the same.
There's a verse in the Bible that summarizes it for me: "Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy."
God is our national treasure, buried in the sands of history and believed in universally by all America's Founding Fathers. And he can be our treasure, too, if we only rediscover that he is still at the heart of our Founders' dream for this country.
When you've got God, you've got the gold -- and all you need to achieve and experience the American dream.