As Americans celebrate Independence Day, it is clear that we are losing the hard-earned freedom we commemorate.

Losing the Freedom We Celebrate

We are losing the freedom we celebrate today. The recent Supreme Court decisions regarding marriage are a direct assault on freedom beginning with the voters’ and the states’ right to decide, as well as the religious leaders’ freedom to uphold a reliable moral standard. What the Court has done will lead to more outcries of homophobic hate speech and discrimination. Pastors, priests and prophets will be accused of breaking the law if they “cry aloud and spare not” by faithfully preaching the Bible.

Will the majority of church leaders and members choose not to confront this direct assault on our freedom and remain passively silent? I pray not! Over 56 million of the most innocent Americans have died mercilessly in the wombs of their mothers who believed their “right to choose” for any reason was more important than the precious, little, innocent life in their womb. The country failed to defend the first right – the right to life – which precedes the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May God lead all to repentance that are consenting to this great evil.

Will much of the church just continue to “sing louder” as marriage, the first institution established by God, is also under fierce assault? Marriage and family has been under attack by the father of lies through divorce, meaningless commitments on the part of couples to one another and to their children, and now even the highest Court has joined in the assault. Over 50 million children have already died in the womb and I can assure you that with the collapse of marriage, its importance along with the family unit, far more than 50 million children’s lives will be damaged because they will miss the nurture provided by healthy parents who are lovingly committed to one another and to their offspring. Through the new healthcare laws, Americans will soon be required to provide for abortion services or be penalized with seriously damaging fines and penalties. The very bad Court decision allowing abortion was critically wrong, but now American citizens will also be required through their businesses, non-profit organizations and employers to actually pay for the horrific practice of abortion.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, it is clear that we are losing the hard-earned freedom we commemorate. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) Conversely, a loss of freedom can be traced to a lack of truth. Many Americans do not know Truth; therefore, they do not live in personal freedom or recognize the loss of national freedom.

Edmund Burke, an Irishman who served in the British House of Commons, supported the American Revolution. A few years later, he opposed the French Revolution. Why did he support one, but not the other? The primary reason was because he understood the inherent danger in “liberty without wisdom and without virtue.”

In his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), he called this type of freedom “the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.” He observed that “the effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations which may be soon turned into complaints.”

In America, he saw virtuous leadership and believed the government could balance freedom and wisdom. In France, he saw incapable leadership with “high-sounding words in their mouths.” He rightly understood that “swelling sentiments of liberty” without a moral foundation would produce leaders who would “choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity.” They would not provide a moral compass, but would “become flatterers instead of legislators, the instruments, not the guides, of the people.”

Burke was right. America became modern civilization’s prime example for liberty while France fell into a bloody civil war, followed by dictatorships, the infamous “reign of terror” and perpetual revolution. The following year, Burke defended his observations in a letter to a member of the National Assembly (1791).

“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites,—in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity,—in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption,—in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

America has loosened her moral chains. We prefer the flattery of fools to the sober wisdom of virtuous voices. We have become slaves to our uncontrolled appetites. We have moved away from the Truth—the One who enables us to live under control, rather than out of control. In doing so, we watch our freedom slip away.

It is not too late for America. A righteous remnant remains. But we must return to the absolutes upon which our nation was founded before Independence Day becomes another meaningless holiday and freedom a forgotten notion of the past. The true church committed to Christ must arise and shine and lead the way out of this present darkness, proclaiming God’s liberating truth in love or America will soon join the ash heap of fallen nations.

Betty and I love America and the freedom to share the Gospel on LIFE Today. We want to live to help protect and preserve the freedom we celebrate.

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10 comments

  1. Barbara Ferraro

    I for one am not afraid to speak out and I will also continuing praying for our pastors and our churches to stand up for Godly and moral principles that are based upon the Bible. If all Christians in this country would have been willing to speak out when people like Madalyn Murray Ohare asked for prayer to be removed from our schools, we would still have prayer in the schools. Keep up the good work James and Betty Robison, God is on your side and my side and all who will continue to follow Him always.

  2. Laurence St. John

    James,
    Greetings. I am currently writing an Amicus Curiae Brief for the repeal of same-sex marriage. I will post a short part of that brief here for everyone to read the standing as I set the precedence for the creative design of lawful marriage and its definition. Please excuse any mistakes. This is part of a draft.

    STANDING OF AMICUS CURIAE

    The amicus curiae contend that the institution of marriage did not have its genesis with the Constitution of the United States and the language and definition of marriage was not established historically by the United States Supreme Court. The redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples fosters degradation to the purpose of marital design and would eventually lead to the destruction of marital narrative and the guidance of its language. The Court should reverse the fabrication that the Equal Rights Amendment authorizes marital language to be redefined and affirm that same-sex marriage is not within constitutional jurisdiction.

    INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT

    It is of necessity to first establish the influence of historical law as it relates to the legitimacy of the institution of marriage and its definition. The Oxford Dictionary defines history as the study of past events, particularly in human affairs: late Middle English (also as a verb): via Latin from Greek historia ‘finding out, narrative, history’, from histōr ‘learned, wise man’. History therefore is a documentation of events and narratives of language as they occurred in the past. Also, history has its roots and narratives in the diversity of thought and experiences by cultures, race, ethnicity, religions, political entities, governmental powers, individuals, and families. History, therefore, is a compilation of events and narratives of human experience possessing a beginning, a present, and a future. The present and future events and narratives are history in the making. Upon that premise, I submit that spousal marriage in the context of a man and a man or a woman and a woman violate and corrupt every natural law and construct of human history.

    The historical definition of marriage between a man and a woman are not determined by human rights or contingent upon and defined by governmental law; it was and is determined and defined by the natural laws of procreative design, affirmed throughout history, and documented by the compelling narratives of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States. The venerable natural laws of history, in reference to marriage as the union of a man and a woman, is emphatically engraved within the first seven words of the Preamble to both historical documents.

    The first seven words of the Declaration of Independence state, “When in the course of human events” and the first seven words of The Constitution assert, “We The People of the United States”. These historical narratives clearly determine and define the natural procreative law of marriage and its genesis design. The “course of human events” and “We The People” could not have come into fruition if at the genesis of marriage it was between a man and a man or a woman and a woman; this is impossible and unlawful. The union of two seed of mankind cannot procreate and respond to the natural law of marriage. The natural laws of procreation prohibit same-sex couples to procreate, have offspring, have families, and perpetuate genealogies.

    “We The People” in the 21st century are the fruit of millions times millions times billions of female wombs impregnated by male seed according to the natural law of procreation filling history with experiences and narratives for us to observe, document, and learn from. If the first marriage was defined according to a same-sex union, no matter how much love was shown, and no matter how loud the cry for human rights and a claim for equality in the marriage narrative, we would not be having this debate in the 21st century. The natural creative law is once again affirmed in the Declaration of Independence which posits, “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.” The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, the Creator, emphatically display the law of procreation in every word, element, and characteristic of the Constitution Americans claim as our founding documents. At the swearing in of the President of this American nation, he placed his left hand on the cover of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God and swore to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.” The presidential support and commending of same-sex marriage is grossly contrary to the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God contained in the Bible he laid his hand on and swore the oath affirming his presidency. The Court’s attempt to change traditional history is also out of reach and jurisdiction. Nature’s Law constructs that there is nothing new under the sun. That which will be, has been already. Accepted homosexual sodomy has been documented as a pagan practice throughout history.

  3. Great article James I’m with u 100% keep speaking for us who don’t have a national stage. We need men and women unafraid to speak to these people in power. Hopefully the church can stand strong against the deception going on in this country! God bless u and your family James I know u hear the voice of the Good Shepard !

  4. Dear James ,
    You have hit the nail on the head with this commentary! The Israelites murmured and complained for forty years and, some even wanted to return to Egypt, to become “slaves” once again ! They forgot about God who took them out of ‘bondage and slavery’ with many ‘signs and wonders’ and set them free.
    When they finally ‘ came to their senses ‘ they trusted Almighty God to lead them to the Promised Land . Following the leadership and wisdom of Joshua, they defeated all their enemies and were prosperous in the land.
    Will America come to her senses and return to the Lord in true repentance ? Will she begin to live with a desire to submit to the Lord or, will she go the way of Sodom and Gomorrah?
    These are real questions we need to ask ourselves as members of God’s family and, to make a decision to get ‘off the fence’ and be ‘hot or cold’ because Our King doesn’t like those who become lukewarm – the ones who remain silent on important issues; the one who compromises their virtues and behavior.
    Let us stand together and forget denominational divisions that have caused such havoc and disunity in the Body of Christ! It is time we stand united in ONE singular purpose: to take back this beautiful land of ‘freedom’ before it is too late! We need to remember we’re in this together and united we will stand and overcome the grip that the father of lies has on this great nation …… remember we live, and move , and have our being in Him!

  5. I have always believed America was to be a beacon of truth, righteousness, love, peace, harmony, a stellar example of what a civilized Country could be. Instead we are turning into the modern day Sodom that the middle east accuses us of being. As long as our fellow countrymen sink lower into the cesspool of “tolerance”, and until we as Christians stand together and raise the voice of right and reason … America is indeed doomed. Too late? Perhaps not, but we have sunk to an all time low with no hope in sight other than Christ.

  6. James, thank you for your words of Wisdom for all americans. We America Christian’s Need your Leadership in this crucial task ahead. Please prayerfully consider what the Lord would have you to do. I’ll be praying with and for you. Blessings, Harry

  7. I pray More and More Souls will Seek First the Kingdom of God and HIS Righteousness.
    Regardless of the edicts of the powers that be
    May Gods Will Be Done on Earth and in Every Heart
    as it is in Heaven.

    Acts 3:19-21
    19“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

  8. Great article James. Thank you for writing it.
    Freedom and virtue – I will remember that. 🙂

  9. David Broussard

    Great article. It is so clear where our nation is headed and the multitudes are ‘drunk’ in their rebellion against God and sound judgement. There is a remnant in America who still stand for Truth. I pray God hears our cry and will open the eyes of the blind before we pass that point of no return. Have mercy on us Lord Jesus.

  10. I hope and pray that I am wrong, but I believe The Lord is about to judge our nation harshly and with Justice. Indeed, there is a righteous remnant left as He promised there would always be. But I am reminded that even if a leader leads a nation to repentence as Josiah did, that once Judgment has been pronounced, It will be done.I say to my brethren this day as Jesus said to Judas Iscariot….” WHATSOEVER THOU DOEST, DO QUICKLY.”