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From Bondage to Bondage Once More

“Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security.

The historical cycle seems to be:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to apathy;
From apathy to dependency;
and From dependency back to bondage once more.

At the stage between apathy and dependency, men always turn in fear to economic and political panaceas. New conditions, it is claimed, require new remedies. Under such circumstances, the competent citizen is certainly not a fool if he insists upon using the compass of history when forced to sail uncharted seas. Usually so-called new remedies are not new at all. Compulsory planned economy, for example, was tried by the Chinese some three millenniums ago, and by the Romans in the early centuries of the Christian era. It was applied in Germany, Italy and Russia long before the present war broke out. Yet it is being seriously advocated today as a solution of our economic problems in the United States. Its proponents confidently assert that government can successfully plan and control all major business activity in the nation, and still not interfere with our political freedom and our hard-won civil and religious liberties. The lessons of history all point in exactly the reverse direction.” – Henning W. Prentis, March 18, 1943, Industrial Management in a Republic

Happy Birthday to the Bill of Rights

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I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
 
II. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
 
III. No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
 
IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
 
V. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
 
VI. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
 
VII. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
 
VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
 
IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
 
X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Obey God Rather Than Men

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.”

Acts 5:27-30

maxresdefaultMuch like the theocratic government in first century Israel, our own government has their own “religion” based on a secular progressive utopia. These governments have more in common than history or our present representatives would like to admit. While the earlier actually did put Christ on the cross, the present would like to see the same end to Christ’s followers. Since that is not overtly possible, they like the Sanhedrin of old, attempt to silence Christians. Whether it is the deeming of Christian views as “hate speech” or the intimidation of clergy by over zealous elected activists our Liberties are under attack.

Government officials, then and now, both lack character. While they violate our God-given, Constitutionally protected First Amendment Rights, the tyrants blame the persecuted for their own self inflicted predicaments. So the actual Jewish leaders who pleaded with Pilate to crucify Jesus were worried about being blamed for Christ’s crucifixion. We see parallels with our current government’s hypocrisy labeling Christians as Bible clinging, gun toting domestic terrorists and refuse to challenge and designate Islamic extremist groups like ISIS as terrorists bringing death and chaos to the world.

As Christians, we are asked to leave our religion inside the church. Any religious conviction is scoffed and mocked by the secular progressive. Peter provided a simple answer that should be the single response from any Christian facing the tyranny our government has begun to unleash.

“We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.”

 

Standing up for God

Ronald Reagan“Above all, let us remember the mountain of strength that offers the greatest hope and inspiration for all. I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living. There’s a lovely old hymn which says: When morning lights the eastern skies, O Lord Thy mercy show, on Thee alone our hope relies, let us Thy kindness know.

Trusting in Him, believing in each other, working together, we will rebuild America — the land of our dreams and mankind’s last great hope.”

– Ronald Reagan, November 16, 1982, Remarks at the Annual Convention of the United States League of Savings Associations in New Orleans, Louisiana

 

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Results of a Divine Grace

“Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source thatcalvin-coolidge-04 we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main theories of government in the world. One rests on righteousness, the other rests on force. One appeals to reason, the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in a republic, the other is represented by a despotism. The history of government on this earth has been almost entirely a history of the rule of force held in the hands of a few. Under our constitution, America committed itself to the practical application of the rule of reason, with the power held in the hands of the people.
The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of a country. There is no way by which we can substitute the authority of law for the virtue of man. Of course we can help to restrain the vicious and furnish a fair degree of security and protection by legislation and police control, but the real reforms which society in these days is seeking will come as a result of our religious convictions, or they will not come at all. Peace, justice, humanity, charity; these cannot be legislated into being. They are the result of a Divine Grace.
On the foundation of a religious civilization…, our country has enjoyed greater blessing of liberty and prosperity than was ever before the lot of man… We cannot depend on the government to do the work of religion. We cannot escape a personal responsibility for our own conduct. We cannot regard those as wise or safe counselors in public affairs who deny these principles and seek to support the theory that society can succeed when the individual fails.”
Calvin Coolidge: Address at the Unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of Bishop Francis Asbury, Washington, DC
October 15, 1924

Christianity: Source of Liberty

The very institution of Christianity advances individual Liberty where the absence of Christianity recedes it. Our God-given rights are defined by Natural Law – our rights to Life, Liberty, and Property. In the absence of Christianity we no longer look to our Creator for these rights but to some other fallible earthly entity.  When this occurs we no longer exist as individuals but as  segregated groups “as member of a race, people, party, family, or corporation—only through some general category” (ie slavery)

“The Christian worldview, rooted in Judaism, broke the mold: it created the idea that someone could exist as a soul before God and apart from the social status they were born with”

“As the Victorian Jacob Burckhardt wrote, ‘In the Middle Ages … Man was conscious of himself only as member of a race, people, party, family, or corporation—only through some general category.'”

Ryan Shinkel of AEI provides a very insightful 2 part article on this subject.

http://valuesandcapitalism.com/christian-europe-inventor-liberty-part/

http://valuesandcapitalism.com/christian-europe-the-inventor-of-liberty-part-ii/

One of a Thousand

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“I should advise persisting in our struggle for Liberty, though it were revealed from Heaven that nine hundred and ninety-nine were to perish, and only one of a thousand were to survive and retain his Liberty! One such freeman must possess more virtue, and enjoy more happiness than a thousand slaves; and let him propagate his like, and transmit to them what he hath so nobly preserved.” – Samuel Adams

No Life, No Liberty

“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.”

It is no accident that our Declaration of Independence lists “Life” first among the rights given to us by God. John Locke, a philosophical mentor to our Founders, listed these “Natural Rights” as “Life, Liberty and Property”. Without the right to life, we have no need nor ability to exercise the remaining natural rights. Locke goes on, after establishing that God is the source of these natural rights, stating that they “oblige everyone”, that every life is “equal and independent…for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise Maker”

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise Maker” – John Locke

On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I cannot help but feel that the words of our Declaration of Independence continues to only be applied to those that our culture deems worthy of their God-given rights. These natural rights at different times in our history have been lost on certain peoples with the most egregious being enslaved Africans, until the 20th century brought, I believe, the greatest assault on natural law in all of history…abortion.

Although, the number of abortions in America is not known, it is estimated that over 57.5 million lives have been lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973. It is not a reach to title abortion, “America’s Holocaust”.

The Supreme Court Justices who decided Roe v. Wade not only defied Natural Law, they also ignored the Tenth Amendment of our Constitution  which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This ruling is a blatant offense to the Constitution and to Life.

So many times in history, men and women have been so moved by their faith in God that they act. They act in bold and principled ways to right the wrongs against the natural laws of Life, Liberty and Property. Giants of faith like William Wilberforce, George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Martin Luther King Jr all had a burning desire in them to stand against those that would attack one of these God given rights and so made their mark on history.

The fight for Life today is no different than the challenges faced by those Christians before us. Our modern world presents many challenges for women and childbirth. We as Christians must stand in support of both these women and their unborn babies while at the same time fighting these so-called physicians and politicians that want nothing more than the power and money that is the abortion industry.

h/t to Online for Life
h/t to Online for Life

There is hope, and our voice is being heard; voices of love and determination. The birth of the crisis pregnancy center all over this country provides the answer to the question “What would Jesus do?” by an outpouring of Grace and love on young mothers whether they decide to keep their babies or not. Do not forget Jesus had is righteous anger side shown against the money changers in the Temple. There is a fight against those that would keep the killing of babies legal.  Texas passed HB2 in 2013 that closed 13 abortion clinics overnight simply by demanding consistent and safe medical conditions for women.

What can I do?

First, know that no deed is too small. Contact your local crisis pregnancy centers for volunteer opportunities.  Many of them also take donations. Contact your elected officials at both the state and federal level. There are many organizations like National Right to Life and Online for Life that are doing great things at both the legislative and grassroots levels. There are organizations like Embrace Grace that directly sponsor young mothers with love and blessings.

The Liberty Bell

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof (‭Leviticus‬ ‭25‬:‭10‬ KJV)

This inscription, on the symbol synonymous with Liberty itself for so many, is said to commemorate William Penn’s Charter of  Privileges declaring for the people of Pennsylvania religious liberty and self governance.

This inscription became a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.


Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof


This inscription and it’s symbol was also used by the suffrage movement encouraging support for women’s voting rights.

The symbol synonymous with Liberty draws its meaning from the power of the Word. Our founders understood the source of our Liberty as did so many patriots that followed.

Liberty does not come from a god-less nation. This nation was birthed in religious liberty, on the foundations of the Judeo-Christian belief that ALL are created in God’s image and ALL are given free will to choose their pursuit. Liberty comes only from God and never from government.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ KJV)