Three grandmothers were sitting together for lunch one day. Two of them complained endlessly about how ungrateful their grandchildren were – so much that they despaired of the impending Christmas Holiday. After some time it became apparent that the third lady was not speaking but only smiling.
Yesterday was Columbus day. We don’t have any traditions for such a holiday except the kids get out of school. However I had a long list of stuff generally titled “OH, I’ll have to fix that pretty soon.” I guess pretty soon had finally come. So after my morning time with the Lord I launched into maintenance mode for what became most of the day.
With Independence Day right around the corner, the Topic often at hand is freedom and the tremendous cost by which we achieved it. But it seems these days that Freedom alone is the hallmark of American Liberty – America has forgotten that her foundation is not a freedom based upon lawlessness. And gaging by the stereotypical lawyer mentality the plethora of laws which we do have in this country are written full of loopholes so that they can be ignored or rather talked around by wrestling the relevant semantics out of their clearly intended meaning1 with phrases like, " that all depends on what the meaning of "is" is.2
But America and Her laws and thus by extension her freedoms cannot live in abject lawlessness. If America is to continue she must as a nation be subject to the Law of God. If she will not be subject to God's laws than she who was formed thereon may well come to slavery and non-existence. Even our founding fathers knew this to be the case. Our second president, John Adams wrote:
"[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. Religion and virtue are the only foundations…of republicanism and of all free governments."3
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.4
President Adams was merely quoting the concept of Scripture. The sad reality is that we have become an immoral and irreligious nation. Yet worse than that – many Christians have likewise become so freedom focused that by ignoring God's law they have themselves been taken captive and placed in bondage.
The message in scripture is that if you want to walk in freedom, you must have the Law of the Lord. I would like you to turn to the one-hundred-nineteenth Psalm and join me at Verse 45. (Psalm 119:45). Please, for contexts sake would you read with me Psalm 119:41-48.
We cannot afford to miss the context of freedom which is spelled out in this passage and clarified everywhere else in Scripture: Freedom comes not from a lack of mastery but by being willfully submitted to the law of the Lord!
This nation will not remain free if it will not submit itself to the law of the Lord. Many nations – even great world powers have risen and those who lived in their time would say, "They can never go away for they are too great and powerful a nation!" But these same dynasties and nations have fallen and come to nothing with none but archaeologists having any capacity to find them again. Where is Babylon, Assyria, Medo-Persia and the Roman Empire? Where are the Pharaohs of Egypt? They exist only in archaeological extrapolation. There may even be nations standing in the same place with the same names but they are merely shadows of another time. Strike down a nation and another will rise up to take it's place – but it will not be the same nation. Grandeur and power do not make insurance which guarantees continuity.
The only guarantor is God alone and he will not be trivialized and abandoned without recompense!