This week marks the start of our normal posting schedule and I’m blessed to be able to share some thoughts with you. Since liberty is at the root of the reason that Julia and I began Young Patriots for Liberty, we thought it only fitting to begin with a series of posts on – you guessed it – liberty!
Today I want to discuss two different points:
1) God as the Author of liberty
2) The importance of starting with the right foundation
To begin with, liberty starts with God. True liberty can only be found in Him. As Representative Dan Fisher stated during a prayer rally at the Oklahoma capital recently, “Our founders didn’t give us freedom – it’s is God’s gift.”
In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus proclaims, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (also from Isaiah 61)
John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” What a beautiful promise!!
I know it’s a simple concept, but the fact that God’s cause and the cause of liberty are one in the same didn’t “click” with me until last year while reading the dedication of KrisAnne Hall’s book Liberty First – The Path to Restoring America. She stated:
“…it is for His honor and glory that we give our full devotion to His cause – the cause of liberty. This great battle before us is not simply a battle for America; it is a Kingdom battle…”
This got me thinking in a new light. Not that it was anything new, but more so, I just saw in a new way how it really all fits together. As the author of liberty, God delights in it. He has given His children ultimate liberty – from sin and eternal death. Thus, when we are seeking to preserve liberty in a God-honoring way, we are really advancing His cause and bringing Him glory. His glory should be the ultimate reason for everything we do!
Thomas Jefferson stated, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”
And again he stated, “…can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?” -From Jefferson’s “Notes on the State of Virginia”
(although this comes from a passage on slavery, I believe the point is applicable in all areas).
Secondly, we believe it’s important to lay a good foundation and define terms at the start – after all, we don’t want to be miles down the road, look beside us, and discover we were all using different road maps! There are really only two choices. We can either lay a foundation on rock or sand (Matthew 7:24-27) – who wants to build on questionable ground?? We believe a foundation built on God and His laws is the only good and firm foundation to build upon.
We also believe that God’s word is the only standard for truth (John 17:17). As Dr. James Taylor states in his book It’s Biblical, not Political!, “I want to point out there is such a thing as truth. The Hebrew word for truth is the word that means ‘firmness’. It means that there was a solid body of facts that a person could rest on known as truth. In the New Testament, it came to be known as openness. This became known as the idea that there was a way that you can open up reality and see things as they really are. It is called truth, 1+1=2. If you are from China, 1+1=2, if you are an American, 1+1=2; no matter where you are in the world, there is a body of mathematical truth. What is true of math is true of life. There is a body of facts that governs us; God calls that truth.
The question you and I face is not if there is truth, but where do we go to find truth. ‘And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.’ (1 John 5:20)
In order to view something as true, it must find its roots in God…”
So I’ve briefly laid out our conviction that liberty really starts with and is a gift from God as well as the fact that God’s word is the basis for truth. This is important when laying a foundation.
Benjamin Franklin stated during the Constitutional Convention on June 28th, 1787, “…I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel…”
The founders of our nation realized that the success of our founding was because of God. It is only through Him and obedience to His laws that we can regain, maintain, and preserve our liberties today and for the future.