I know that after people read this title they would naturally think, “Of course a price has to be paid. That is what our Armed Forces are for. As true as that statement is outside our borders could it be the same inside? Probably not. That being said, who would defend our freedom inside our borders? The answer may come as a shock to some, and a jubilant message to others. The answer is: We the Church in America. While it is true that those in the Body should pray for their leaders, it is their duty and responsibility to hold their leaders to account – be it political or spiritual. The alternative is a political or spiritual dictatorship. Either one will cause despair and heartache in the hearts and minds for those under their authority.
We have an innate need to free. However, in our society we have incorrectly defined freedom and sadly, the Church in America has accepted this definition. In the world, the definition of freedom is to do as you please. The correct definition of freedom is to do as you ought. The only way to do as you ought is to know and understand what is truly right and what is truly wrong. The way to know this is to understand and walk in the correct standards. The Founding Fathers understood this better than the average American today. Why? The Founding Fathers based their freedom on the Bible. Considers some of things they said:
- “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”. – John Adams
- “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity”. – John Quincy Adams
- “Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement”. – John Hancock
- “The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible”. – Patrick Henry
Many people over the last nearly 234 years have given huge sacrifices – up to and including their lives. The one who have given the most of course, is Jesus Christ. He died and was resurrected by His Father (according to Romans 10:9) so that we can be given and enjoy freedom – freedom in Him. That being said, since God made everything, including governments (we have been bestowed the privilege by Him to choose which candidates to install in them). This act is truly a time to worship and give back thanks to Him by installing candidates with moral character not moral failures. That their ambition is to serve God, family and community and not themselves in the public sector and to leave a legacy of said service for future generations to follow.
As I stated in the title of this article a price has to paid. The question is what type of price are we willing to pay. Shall we as a nation bite the bullet, suffer some pain up front and get the right candidates in office? Or shall we continue on the this wide primrose lackadaisical path of comfort and ease deceiving ourselves thinking that tomorrow never comes, but in reality are already living in it?
Scripture says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto man (mankind), but the ends thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12) If we as a nation do not wake up and choose our candidates wisely and follow them up with accountability, the death of a nation could happen – Our Own.