Freedom Must be Protected
The framers of the Constitution knew that the freedom they offered demanded responsible citizens. At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked an important question as he left Independence Hall on the final day of the meeting in Philadelphia. A woman asked Franklin, “Well, doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” He wisely answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Benjamin Franklin, as well as the other founding fathers of our nation, understood that true liberty requires support from principled statesmen who are actively engaged in the task of governing themselves, encouraging all citizens to hold fast to truths espoused in the Declaration of Independence. If we want to be free, we must learn to govern ourselves. Ill-informed, irresponsible people cannot hold on to freedom’s blessings. Living under God’s control allows us not only to enjoy the privileges of freedom but also to protect them.
Losing Freedom’s Blessings
With deep conviction, I believe we have been on the verge of losing freedom’s blessings because we have too few informed and responsible citizens. More than that, the church has not understood the importance of living under the control of God with the powerful Spirit of God providing the strength for us to enjoy and protect our freedom.
Jesus said the gates of hell — deception, defeat, destruction and debt — will not prevail against the church standing upon God’s revealed truth (Matthew 16:18). For some time, far too many Christians in America have allowed hell’s gates to prevail while they sit in church. Now is the time for us to waken from slumber, to confront the culture and to help restore freedom’s blessing! People of faith can and must protect our freedom and inspire strong, stable, effective, limited government power.
Jesus commissioned His followers to share the truth that sets people free and keeps them free. As we have seen, He said, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). True freedom is living under the control of God, not under the control of any other power or influence. When we compromise truth, we also compromise freedom and its blessings.
Until recent course corrections, our nation was beginning to follow the course of decaying nations. Tragically, some of our congressional leaders have actually suggested we follow other nations’ freedom-damaging course.
God is Calling Us
I will gladly spend the rest of my life inspiring others to action. God is calling us to far more than religion. He is calling us to repentance; to a personal, intimate relationship with Him; and to the restoration of freedom’s foundation.
Religion is strong enough to make men hate one another, but it is not strong enough to make men love one another. God is calling us to a life filled with the power of transforming love and the boldness of New Testament believers to stand against the powers of this present darkness. A dying world is waiting for the release of the river of life that flows freely from the lives of yielded believers.
When God rules in individual lives, sound principles will prevail in our land. Jesus said Christians are the “salt of the earth.” He made it clear that if we lose the powerful effect of preserving that which is precious, then all that is of value, life, liberty, freedom and even the sacred will be trampled under the feet of men.
Now is the time for all believers to join everyone with common sense and vote out of office those who refuse wisdom from above and elect those who will help protect and preserve freedom. Leaders must no longer be chosen because of personality, party affiliation, or skillful communication. They must be chosen because of their commitment to God-given principles necessary for the survival of true freedom.
May we as Christians and lovers of freedom stand together to protect it! We will either witness the glorious future of freedom or the tragedy of its funeral.
James Robison is The Stream‘s founder and publisher. He is co-founder of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of LIFE Today. He’s the author of many books, including Indivisible (with Jay Richards) and Living Amazed.
Republished from July 3, 2019