Sunday, June 5, 2016

Give Me Liberty – Part 2 - Divine Sovereign Creator God

Psalm 33:12-15 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.”

Pastor Herk continues that the eternal morality of “Right and Wrong” does not change with time and Civil Rulers do not have the ability or Right to define or violate the holy Word of God. The Declaration of Independence states that “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”,  meaning  that Creator God has bestowed rights that man cannot deny nor take away, including, but not limited to, life, liberty and the of happiness through the means of holiness. But, we know all too well that we need to repent as a nation because of the rejection of Creator God here today. Freedom isn’t free, and many gave their lives for the liberty that was established and maintained in this county. It is our duty to get out and makes our voices heard in the free marketplace of ideas, to protect and preserve our precious liberty, freedom and Rights by voting Christian principles. Pray also for the cleansing of national sin, for forgiveness and look to God’s revival and restoration of this “One Nation Under God”.

Patrick Henry’s famous speech that helped spark the American Revolution was much more than just: Give me liberty or give me death. Here is the last couple paragraphs of that oration: “Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Our 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens (duties, obligations, or responsibilities) are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion.” Similarly, our fourth President of the United States, James Madison stated: “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe: And if a member of Civil Society, do it with a saving of his allegiance to the Universal Sovereign.

Like our Founding Fathers, let’s look to God for leadership. It truly is “In God We Trust”; the Author and Perfector of our faith Hebrews 12:2. Liberty is on all our money. May liberty be in all our land.

In Christ, Brian

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