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.