For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13
As we in these United States of America (which seem with each passing day to become disunited) move to celebrate Independence Day, those words from Galatians seem to have echoed down through the generations, first to our founding fathers and on forward to this very day. On the cool and clear morning of July 4, 1776 (Jefferson kept notes on the weather, and from this we know that it was 68 degrees at sunrise, and 76 by 1 pm) as those that signed the Declaration of Independence and sent it on to King George gathered in Philadelphia, these words would have been good advice to them as they set out on their journey to forge a new nation based on the democratic republican form of government. And it is good advice today in this nation, as we desperately try to hold on to what liberty was handed down to us from that band of rebels.
Despite assertions from modern “scholars” that look to re-write the history of our republic and erase the role that faith played not only in the everyday lives of those men that put everything on the line so that following generations might live within the prosperity that results from liberty but also in the decisions they made in those fateful moments leading up to the Revolutionary War, it also played a role in their formulation of government for this nation. For surely, those brave men knew that the first and greatest gift that the Lord bestowed upon man was that of free will. Though it resulted in their disobedience in the Garden, the first murder, and countless other grievances – this first gift is the one that we must treasure most and strive to let no man or system strip us of. For allowing that in and of itself is disobedience to God.
Last evening, as I listened in on the conversation about Schaeffer Cox on Brothers on the Wall, I had an epiphany about something that I think I have always known in my heart – that the Lord bestowed upon us the gift of free will first because it is also important to Him. Now, I will say that I have some issues with the Schaeffer Cox story and am not quite sure what to believe. But I do think that there is an issue here that must be discussed even as revival is breaking out in separate regions of this country – and that is that without free will – liberty – this nation will not stand long. Like the countless corpses of those empires that came before us, this nation will continue its rot from the inside out. Among the, as those wise writers of the Declaration of Independence stated, long train of abuses, the continuing and incremental destruction of the liberties and rights of the American people (that was begun long ago but was sped with the attacks of 9/11), is front and center in the reasoning behind why this nation will either rise up in a growing revival or go down in the rotting depths of despair.
Those authors of that most important Declaration stated that man was created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that chief among them was Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. But in this nation today, death is celebrated across the land in the rulings from the politicians in the Judiciary that abortion is legal. They strip our liberty more and more each day, chief among these the push to take away the very right to self-defense in the name of safety and security – yet our right to defend ourselves is the only thing that will keep us safe and secure. People mistake the pursuit of happiness with the mandate to accept and tolerate all forms of decadence and sin, yet just as it says in Galatians “only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” – meaning that liberty must be tempered by a strong moral code and that we must not be given over to the appetites of demons.
The hour grows later with each passing moment, friends. There are so very many in this nation that say they are Christian, but are lukewarm. The time is coming when you will have to make that choice, to either stand with Christ or to take the cowardly path and go along to get along with that same serpent that first took advantage of our free will in the Garden. Independence Day is about far more than meat on the grill, a beer in your hand, and watching fireworks. It is about the eternal struggle of man to be free from the control that sin has on his life, just as our forefathers struggled to free themselves from the control that the King had on theirs. In the spirit of the holiday that lies before us, make that commitment to the Lord to repent of your sins, freeing yourself from the bondage of sin and standing by His side in this fight for the soul of our nation.
God bless each and every one of you, and may God continue to bless America!