“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I will give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of Earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NIV (Deuteronomy was George Washington’s favorite Book of the Bible).
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated….
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it…. Men who are sincere in defending their freedom, will always feel concern at every circumstance which seems to make against them; it is the natural and honest consequence of all affectionate attachments, and the want of it is a vice. But the dejection lasts only for a moment; they soon rise out of it with additional vigor; the glow of hope, courage and fortitude, will…supply the place of every inferior passion, and kindle the whole heart into heroism….”
Many of you will recognize these words as extracts by the (at that time)
American Patriot, Thomas Paine, from his pamphlet titled: THE AMERICAN CRISIS, written in 1776 and 1777. This work was one of several written by Thomas Paine at a time when the survival of the American cause was in doubt, and the might of the enemy seemed almost invincible. It was a time similar to this present day, when the nation that was struggling for its birth was infested with dangers---Tories who sincerely supported the British cause—spies who worked for both sides selling information to the highest bidder—merchants who sold their wares to both sides in hopes that their businesses would survive and prosper—pastors who assured the colonists that God would have them stay as a part of the British Empire, and pastors who were part of the “Black Robed Regiment” who demanded that all ties to Great Britain be severed, and scurrilous attacks by the “media” of that time against those who were trying to free the colonies from the yoke of Great Britain. It was a time of confusion, doubt, violence, recriminations, compromise, and perfidy. A time not unlike today’s America.
Some of our nation’s more “experienced” citizens learned early in their lives that our nation is unique. Why? Because America was the first nation in world history that had true religious freedom, which was not common among mankind (and still isn’t). Religious tyranny prevailed all over this world before America was founded. Oh yes, a few nations like Great Britain and the Netherlands had gradually come to some degree of religious tolerance, but only in America was full religious freedom attained for the first time, right from its founding. With religious freedom came political freedom. The two are inseparable. Lose one and invariably you’ll lose the other. But many Americans of this present time seem unconcerned when groups of people with agendas of destruction peddle their wares so successfully—demanding the “reorganization” of the Christian Church (what they really seek is the dethroning of our Triune God and the installation of “human reason” in God’s place), or they’re demanding that their agendas of converting our free enterprise oriented Constitutional Republic into a “People’s Socialist Republic” must be agreed to, lest they violently “burn down” our present political structure. Craven COWARDS among our populace, including many so-called “American” businesses who assure us how much they support “free enterprise”, have surrendered to the demands of the Marxist Neanderthals of the Black Lives Movement to fork over millions of dollars to them (most of which are funneled directly to the Klan of New Bolsheviks—i.e. the Democrat Party) or suffer retribution from these disgusting communist bullies.
R. J. Rushdoony remarked on the phenomenon of freedom back in 1964, in his book, This Independent Republic (Thoburn Press, p. 15): “The question of freedom is first of all a question of sovereignty and of responsibility. Who is sovereign, and to whom is man responsible? This source of sovereignty is also the source of freedom. If sovereignty resides in God and is only held ministerially by men, then the basic responsibility of ruler and ruled is to God, who is also the source of freedom. But if sovereignty resides in the state, whether a monarchy or democracy (or a republic—WHL), man has no appeal beyond the law of the state, and no source of ethics apart from it. He is totally responsible to that order and has only those rights which the state chooses to confer upon him….”
Therein lies the source for the conflict between the world of believing Christianity and the world of humanism that has been going on virtually since our Lord first appeared among men, and which became paramount in the ungodly minds of some Devil’s disciples who called themselves The Order of Illuminati in Bavaria, Germany way back in 1776—men whose goal, among others, was the total elimination of ALL religions, particularly Christianity. This battle of unbelievers vs. Christianity is especially virulent in today’s America. These non-religionists, generally considered as “liberal secular humanists”, believe that “the State”, or civil government, is the sole instrument fit to govern.
For over a hundred years in the U.S. an “intellectual war” has been waged between two conflicting views of God, man, law, and the makeup of society. On one side is the Christian Church—not the unscriptural, top-heavy organized edifice—but the BODY of the church—the true believers, with their Biblically-inspired political doctrines of constitutional government among the states and their created entity, the federal government, political checks and balances, and at least for most of the history of the English speaking people of North America, the Bible as the Word of God. On the other side are the anti-Christians, (some of whom falsely claim to be Christians). They hold fast to a totally different view of the world, for they truly believe that man, not God, is the sovereign agent of all lawful authority—or at least the institutions of man are—i.e. the State, their political party, the banking system, the corporatist oligarchies, and the realms of academia. To them “man” is the ruler, not God.
Our Founders refuted the idea that “man” was the ultimate arbiter of his own future. For example, James Madison, often called “The Father of the Constitution”, said: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government. Far from it! We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity…of each and all of us to govern ourselves…according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Sad to say, those 10 Commandments given by God to man millennia ago have, for the most part, been declared “unconstitutional” by the “Oracles” who have inhabited our Extreme Court for decades. We all should know, by now, that our nation was NOT founded by deists, atheists, or followers of other religious traditions. America was originally founded in large part by those who considered themselves to be committed CHRISTIANS, who had bound themselves together by their common beliefs in the Trinitarian God who revealed Himself in the Holy Bible, and who subscribed to a faith that taught that Biblical doctrines applied to every part of normal life.
The majority of our Founding Generation believed in our God’s transforming power, in the salvation given as a free gift by our Savior, Jesus the Messiah. They also believed in the power of God’s Holy Spirit which indwelled a true Christian and, in their case, yielded an outflow of mighty works that they trusted would endure into their far future. These Christians of our Founding Generation believed that God was accessible through fervent prayer, and that He would intercede and grant answers to prayer which, as our Revolutionary Forefathers learned, would give victories out of what appeared to be hopeless situations. Our Founders knew whereof they believed, unlike so many of our present generation who have succumbed to doubt, religious pluralism, agnostic pride, and their arrogant self-righteousness that God is no longer needed, and that they can “go it alone” just fine.
In my opinion, our greatest hope for our troubled and disintegrating nation today can and must be found in our Christian heritage of yesterday that guided our ancestors through very difficult times. Christian Patriots of today must once again grasp the power of true Christians engaged in a spiritual (and perhaps soon a physical) battle, applying their God-given ability to discern truth from error and right from wrong. Truly, a rebirth of the “spiritual fire” of our forefathers must prevail against the destructiveness of Satan, who has come “to steal, to kill, and to destroy.” (John 10:10) The question remains, of course, as to whether or not Christians and Christian Patriots of today will reclaim that mighty heritage and will employ that “spiritual fire” to overcome the enemies of God and Country.
I opened this essay with the immortal words written in a “time of crisis” by Thomas Paine. Without any doubt, these ARE “soul trying times”, as the enemies of faith and freedom keep pushing Americans into an ever-decreasing “corner” (or more accurately—we ALLOW ourselves to be pushed into that corner). The key words of Paine’s wisdom are these: Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered….” That’s true, it isn’t easily conquered. It never has been easy to overcome a political or religious tyranny once it has been imposed upon a people. It ALWAYS requires a great expenditure of effort—of “blood, sweat, and tears”, and human lives, to overcome tyranny. Our ancestors knew that lesson well. The people of the 20th century learned that lesson in very difficult and painful ways, and well over 100 million of them were murdered by the collectivist tyrannies of that century.
A political and irreligious “tyranny” is slowly but surely being imposed upon Americans right now—a tyranny of “politically correct speech”, of racial shaming of our white citizens by racist and disgusting liberals of the brain damaged left, of the purposeful destruction of a humane Christian civilization caused by the zeal of the secular humanists and the cowardice of those who identify as Christians, of the destruction of our Constitutional freedoms-- one “unconstitutional” Supreme Court decision after another, of the intentional “dumbing down” or de-learning of our young people in their mostly secular humanist and/or Marxist controlled high schools and universities, as our heritage of liberty under law and under God is slowly purged from our people’s social memories. You may agree or not, but EVERY citizen who has benefited from the freedoms codified in our venerable U.S. Constitution, especially the freedom to worship God—or not to do so—as he or she thinks is right, also has the DUTY to defend the foundations of our Judeo-Christian culture and the laws of America that make all of our freedoms possible. The time is now upon us for Christians and Christian Patriots to realize that they—WE—have the primary responsibility for preserving the Christian heritage of our nation, because it is that very same Christian heritage upon which our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were founded, AND upon which ALL of our freedoms rest.
Our beloved United States of America—our great but imperfect union of states founded by truly brave and God-honoring people and sent through time to US, their spiritual and political descendants---is in major trouble today, so much so that despite the violence and destruction being caused by a relatively small minority of Marxist-inspired barbarians, a group of malcontents and misfits that could be easily overcome and dispatched to the “junkyard” of lost causes by Americans of all stripes should they really determine to do so, is teetering on the verge of societal collapse and incipient imposition of Marxist oppression because the majority are too paralyzed by fear and inaction to tell these enemies of freedom ENOUGH! Those of you who are still “straddling the fence” of timidity and your desire for “non-involvement” in the sometimes sordid affairs of politics had better decide whether or not to speak out against the approaching threats to our freedoms, and decide soon, while you still can.
The victory of “good guys” over “bad guys” is not impossible. That became apparent in the conflict that our Revolutionary ancestors engaged in with the bad guys of that time—the government and military might of Great Britain. We all have studied from our history (I hope) about the sufferings endured by our Founders during those years when they were seeking to throw off British chains—of their deaths by torture, of formerly wealthy men dying in poverty after they had committed all of their substance to the war effort, of families or children killed, of our Founders being captured, imprisoned, killed, or dying of heartbreak. Yet they prevailed because they refused to quit. In the very dark days of the summer of 1776, the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington, wrote a letter to his cousin, Lund, in which he wrote that a victory over Great Britain seemed impossible. But as we know, he refused to consider defeat. Here is part of his letter:
“I wear a countenance dressed in a calm serenity of perfect confidence, while my heart is corroded with infinite apprehension…. I’m not afraid to die. Why should I? I am afraid to die only with infamy and disgrace. Heaven knows how truly I love my country, that I embark on this arduous enterprise on the purest motives…. If it be the will of God that America should be independent of Great Britain…even I and those…men…may not be thought unworthy instruments in His hands. In this persuasion I resolve to go on, contented to save my country or die in the last ditch.”
This is a sterling example of the courage that our Lord expects of Christians, and the courage that should be exemplified by all American patriots. That same courage gave us the Godly heritage that we Americans have enjoyed for the past 244 years, and which far too many Americans have neglected in the face of the relentless attacks of the enemies of God and our Constitutional liberties. George Washington went to God in prayer, but then he waged war against the enemies of freedom. As we face the barbarians of our time, are we prepared to do likewise?