The real democratic . . . idea is not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him [to be], without hindrance. (Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century social reformer)

“All men are created equal.” But what does that mean? We don’t all have equal talent, ability, or resources. That’s true, but the democratic ideal is that no one should be deprived of the opportunity to develop their abilities and skills to be all they can be. Because we’re not in this world alone, we should work to benefit others as well.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10).

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