A Friend of Jesus
Independence from a life of Slavery
In 1776 the founders of our country were young men, most in their 20s & early 30s. They were God-fearing men of faith who knew that they were created for something greater than servitude to an oppressive king. Because of their love for God and their understanding of what HIS perfect design for man is, the Declaration of Independence was signed and sent to the King on this day 245 years ago. I remember reading this as a junior high student and not fully understanding what those words meant. I recently read them again. In fact now that I truly understand them, I read them often. I've put the first two paragraphs at the end of this blog, because it is important to understand even more today, than ever before.
Our country was founded on the Biblical principles that first we are ALL created by a creator, and second we are ALL equal. This doesn't mean that we should be paid equally, as that is superficial. It means that we all have the same inherent rights given by the creator. In this lies the concept of true equality, which has been muddled by political correctness and has turned us into a country with great internal strife. The founders understood that in order to be truly free and at peace, we had to recognize that our neighbor was equal to ourselves. We had to exercise self-government, otherwise known as self-control.
When you practice self-government, you view the rights of another as more important than your own. This is also Biblical. You don't commit murder, robbery, rape or vandalism because you respect your neighbor's inherent rights, which are identical to yours. Remember the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The Declaration of Independence spells out those inherent rights, as does the Constitution in our Bill of Rights. I also recommend re-reading ALL of those. To those of us who have been raised in homes where the Bible is taught, we already live by these principles. They were instilled in us from an early age. But sometime in the last century our government went rogue and strayed from those principles. They removed the 10 commandments from court rooms, disallowed prayer in school, and removed God from governing.
The idea of self-government was simple. If we all respect the rights of one another, there will be peace and no need for a large government presence in our lives. Each man & woman will be their own sovereign over their own life's journey and where it will take them. Think about that for a minute. This is also Biblical. God gave us control over our choices. We call it free will. As believers we are called Children of the Most High God, which in essence makes us royalty.
Our representative government was set up first and foremost to protect our individual sovereign rights, and secondly to address problems when those rights were violated by one or more of the citizens of the land. We no longer have true representation because of mass corruption among those we have elected. They have forgotten that they are servants of the people who elected them. In the last part of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence Jefferson gives us the answer to our current dilemma. It wasn't just meant as a warning to the King of England, but as a reminder to future generations that when the government has become tyrannical, we have the obligation to shut it down and replace it. He had the foresight to understand that with power comes corruption and that some day our government might become corrupted and no longer function as it was designed. He was telling us that this might happen and how to solve the problem.
Here we are today at the precipice of absolute insanity. Criminals being set free, not charged for their crimes, or having statues erected in their honor. The daily murder of innocent unborn babies has been declared a right. Pedophilia is becoming normalized sexual behavior. Patriots have become the villains and those who riot, destroy, and steal have become the heroes of our time. Remember who the father of lies is. He is constantly working against the children of God, to pervert and destroy the truth. Just as in Revolutionary times, we are here because God knew we would be needed. It is our time to stand up and say "NO, not on our watch". We not only have the founding documents to back us up, but we have the POWER of GOD and the truth of the Gospel.
Imagine Jesus with the founding fathers in that room when they signed the Declaration of Independence, which basically made them all traitors to the crown. They weren't idealists, they were just young men desiring freedom, the same freedom we desire today. Imagine Jesus smiling at each one as they took a stand, knowing which ones would die before the end of the struggle. Imagine Jesus watching us and cheering for us, when we stand for what is right and shine a light on the lies. Imagine Jesus standing next to us as we speak boldly and proclaim death to tyrants! Imagine Jesus answering our prayers to forgive our sins, which are many, and heal our land. How many times do we say those verses, and pray "God heal our land"?
Remember who you are America. Whether you were born here or chose this country to be your home, you are heirs to the greatest country on the planet and as Ronald Reagan said, "the last bastion of hope left in the world." We are it. If America falls the world falls. We are the last line of defense against satanic communism. This is our 1776 moment. God Bless America, just one more time.
Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Matthew 22:39 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."
Mark 12:30-31 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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 effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.