It is for freedom…

God is the creator and inspirer of freedom.

God created freedom, He gave us free will, and He gave us the free gift of salvation which is meant to set us free from sin, death, and the grave. He inspired the freedom fighters of old, He breathed the Constitution, and gave us those unalienable rights written into our country’s very framework.

God has always been for freedom. Jesus was sent to bring freedom. And we have a responsibility to partner with Him to keep that freedom. Here are a few verses to back up my claim:

  • Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound…” (see also Luke 4:17-21, when Jesus Himself speaks these words to fulfill this prophecy)
  • John 8:34-36 – “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.””
  • Galatians 5:1 – “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
  • Galatians 5:13a – “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty…”
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
  • Psalm 119:45 – “And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.”
  • Acts 13:38-39 – “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”
  • Romans 8:2-3 – “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh…”
  • Galatians 2:4 – “But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.”

Five things I get from these verses:

  1. God created and inspired freedom to be held by all people.
  2. God sent His Son to make sure we had the option to choose freedom from slavery to sin.
  3. People will try to take that freedom away.
  4. We are called to be free, purposed for freedom, and made to fight for it with all our being.
  5. Once Jesus frees you, you are free forever – unless you give up that freedom willingly.

I say all this because I want to give you a firm foundation for why our Founding Fathers penned the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, our Constitution, and the Amendments to the Constitution. I want you to understand the reason behind our many soldiers’ sacrifice – some gave all, all gave some.

United States Constitution, close-up

Before America was America, we were living under tyranny. I urge you to read the Declaration of Independence and put yourself in the shoes of those who walked under this oppression. It will give you a tiny sense of what we are facing today with this lockdown and suppression of rights.

Here is a tiny snippet of the rights we need to defend as they did:

“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 – that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Declaration of Independence (Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776).

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Constitution of the United States of America (September 17, 1787)

After you have finished reading these (and I recommend reading them in full – along with all Amendments to the Constitution), look up the names of those who signed those documents. Read their stories. Consider what they sacrificed for those freedoms expressed in our founding papers. These were not merely men, they were heroes. And these documents were not merely papers, but the spirit of freedom in which many of these men gave their lives to protect.

This Memorial Day coming up, we are to remember those fallen soldiers who fought to make and keep this country free. While you remember their sacrifices, I want to challenge you to look at our great country as it stands today and what we are facing in terms of the freedoms those men and women died to protect. We are in a state of oppression again. Have we given ourselves up to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery”? Have we chosen out of fear to hand over the rights to freedom of ourselves and our posterity? The fallen soldiers and our Founding Fathers would be ashamed at our voluntary submission to tyranny. God gave us freedom not to be given to slavery again by our government or by our own hands.

I challenge you this weekend to decide where you stand. Take a side, because there is no fence to sit on when it comes to freedom. You are either for freedom, or against it. If you are against freedom, you are in opposition to God who created it and afforded it to us.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We will stand for freedom. We will not lie down while a tyrranical government strips us of our rights. We will fight. Will you?

I pray today that eyes are open. I pray we see the truth of what is happening in our country, in our states, in our counties, in our cities. I pray we stand for what is right, for freedom, for those men and women who died for the cause of freedom, for our Founding Fathers who gave up everything to make our nation free, and for God and His Son who set us free. Remember:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

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