July 3, 2021
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve 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 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.
Those words were written 245 years ago, but they might as well have been written today. We live in a divided land, and the division is much like that which our forefathers experienced. The men who penned the Declaration of Independence and the men and women who fought as Patriots in a variety of capacities were in the minority, and they lived among Loyalists; they were misunderstood, maligned, mistreated, and martyred. They were called extremists. They were accused of ill intent and slandered as sinful. Yet they persisted, they persevered, and they prayed. Even though many thought they were wrong, and even used Scripture against them, the Patriots were not dissuaded from their God-given mission — to secure their rights, and the rights of their posterity, to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Most Americans don’t question that our founders were heroes, but many of their contemporaries considered them criminals, even traitors.
Today many Patriots face a similar situation. We live among many who push the idea that it is extreme to defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, that it is intolerant (i.e. bigoted) to believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, that it is hate speech to say that there are two genders, that marriage is between one man and one woman, preferably for life, that it is insensitive to call someone by pronouns related to their God-ordained biological sex, that it is cruel to say that a woman (if we are even allowed to identify gender) can’t allow a “doctor” to murder her preborn child. On the other hand, it is considered by many to be heroic to medically morph into having the appearance of the opposite sex, or to dress up as a drag queen and read kids a story, or to turn in a neighbor for being “extreme” by not wearing a mask when told, having too many guns, talking too much about America, or having voted for Donald Trump.
We live in a land of feelings-based morality. If I feel like I have some male quality, I must be transgender. If I feel like a baby would be a burden, I must need to have an abortion. If I feel like I’ve fallen out of love, I must need a divorce. If I feel like my great-grandparents’ oppression is the source of my lack of opportunity, I must need reparations. If I feel like all cops are bad, I must need to destroy people’s businesses and take over entire portions of cities as autonomous zones. If I feel like it’s not fair that others have more money, I must need socialism to save me.
But that only goes one way. If instead, I feel like the Bible is true, or that America is the greatest nation in the history of the world, that hard work is generally rewarded, then I’m an extremist, I’m intolerant, I’m downright evil and wrong.
So there are two groups, those who are in line with Biblical principles and those who are not, those who believe that our founders created an excellent, God-ordained blueprint for government, and those who do not, those who believe in the U.S. Constitution, and those who follow Karl Marx, those who believe in absolute truth, and those who trust in their own feelings.
America, it’s time to wake up! Our founders weren’t perfect; they allowed slavery, they wronged the Native Americans, and they didn’t allow women to vote. Yet they did design a Godly form of government — one created in response to injustice and to prevent it. Even those who considered themselves deists held to Biblical principles.
Today forces of evil — elitists — are trampling everything our founders stood for, and frankly, everything the Bible stands for, and most ordinary Americans are going along with the narrative. Many, like hatchlings, simply accept the predigested morsels provided by Mother Media. Others know something is wrong, but either don’t want to expend the effort required for critical analysis, or they allow themselves to be lulled to sleep because of apathy or discouragement. Most would prefer not to be bothered; they just want to go to work and raise their families in “peace.” In the back of their minds, they reason that they’ll do something when trouble comes to their door; unfortunately, history tells us that it will be too late then.
America, it’s time to stand up for the values upon which this great nation was founded. Like our forefathers, we have legitimate grievances, yet if we allow our current prosperity to lull us to apathy, or if we submit to the fear pandemic propagated by the leftist media and the anti-Christian elite, we will lose what those brave men and women secured for our benefit. We must no longer crave luxury at the expense of liberty! We must no longer give up essential freedoms to keep people from criticizing or cancelling us. If the founders would have given in to opposition, we would not be a free nation today. And we won’t be a free nation tomorrow if we don’t resist tyranny.
We would do well to analyze the prophet Isaiah’s ancient warning to Jerusalem:
We have allowed our society to be governed by obstinate children and deceived women. We have allowed ourselves to be guided by media, educational philosophers, and politicians bent on destroying every semblance of Christianity. Where are the patriots? Where are the pastors? Where is the Church? Where is the voice of reason? Who will stand up for Biblical truth? Who will defend the oppressed? Who will rescue those being led to the slaughter? Who will speak up against the emperor’s new clothes?
Yes, this is in our founding document, and it is no less true today than when it was so eloquently penned. I am not suggesting we overthrow the government, but we need to hold it accountable. It is our right, it is our duty, it is our privilege. Our founders risked their livelihoods, their sacred honor, and their very lives, to secure our liberties; we should not so easily give up what they so graciously provided. Today we have the ability to take what they willed to us, and build on it an even greater government, one that truly delivers what it promised, not by silencing free speech, but by encouraging open dialogue, not by disarming the populace, but by defending those who can’t defend themselves, not by elevating anti-Christian ideals, but by boldly proclaiming the Gospel and living its principles, not by elevating any mere human or human institution, but by lifting up the name of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to whom one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. That day is coming soon. Our founders knew that. The day is closer now than it was then. If we forfeit our freedoms on the altar of peace, safety, convenience, or anything else, we also forfeit our ability to share the eternal truth of God’s Word — the truth of the Gospel — with the perishing.