By Ron Edwards
December 30, 2016
The Declaration of Independence was written to proclaim to the world the many reasons for seeking freedom from tyranny from England. The Declaration enumerates a detailed list of legal offenses that Great Britain had left unresolved, the awakening Founders saw them as more than isolated wrongs. Rather they saw them as a part of a predetermined plan to take away their religious liberties and reestablish the Church of England to rule over their hearts and souls, thus enslaving the colonies
In that light one understands the amazing power of Patrick Henry’s volcanic words. Faced with such prospects, the Declaration stated that the American colonists were set to defend: the laws of nature and nature’s God” words that define the principles upon which the Founders stood. The laws of nature were understood to mean the will of God for man as revealed to man’s reason. However, because man is fallen and his reason does not always comprehend this law, God gave his law in the Bible to make it totally clear.
Therefore it was the CHURCHES that became the primary vehicle to stir the embers of Liberty, telling colonists that the English government was usurping their God given rights, and the King and Parliament were abusing the laws of God. Thus, the Founding Fathers were convinced that it was their sacred duty to start a revolution to uphold the laws of God. The Founding Fathers were convinced that it was their sacred duty to begin a revolution to uphold the law of God against the unjust and aggressive laws of men. The battle for political liberty was an unalienable right, according to God’s natural law.
As it is noted in the American Patriot’s Bible New England ministers, in particular were decisive in rallying the popular moral support for war against England. They pressed their congregations to overthrow King George because they believed that rebellion to tyrants was obedience to God. From numerous pulpits ministers recruited troops and strengthened them in battle with patriotic sermons. While the church leaders were well schooled in the fact that the Bible placed great emphasis on due submission to civil authorities (Romans 13), they noted there are also many passages that approve resistance to ungodly authority.
For example, when the apostles were commanded by the Sanhedrin to cease preaching that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead, Peter boldly asserted, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (acts 5:29). To further explain, the early apostles were not about to allow the right to freely spread the gospel to be taken away. Therefor it is no coincidence that one of the watchwords of the American Revolution was “No King but King Jesus.”
For most of the patriots, their faith gave them the courage to stand on God’s word and risk their lives and properties to break the tyranny of an unjust human authority. It was many northern ministers and their engaged congregations that would later fight and pray against the scourge of slavery. When one researches the history of Christian involvement in our republic from it’s infancy it is easy to comprehend that Christians were aware of the issues of the day and cared about where and how they lived.
In more recent years, beginning after World War Two ministers began to preach against being involved in the issues of the day regarding our republic. The one major exception was during the civil rights era during the 1960s. But unfortunately, for the most part the church proudly gave up her seat of moral authority in society. One can blame the many years of indoctrination against the necessity of Christian involvement and providential guidance.
Even many mainline denominations are run by individuals who don’t even believe in the deity of Christ and have been watering down the teachings of God’s instructions. As a result of tossing God’s principles out of society and lessening the standard of education overall, our republic’s quality of life and stature in the world has been in steep decline.
The good news is as I have predicted for years on my syndicated radio commentary “The Edwards Notebook” that a large remnant of Christians would awaken from their moral and spiritual stupor and pray to God and seek His forgiveness for negligence and not caring about the condition of our nation. That movement of prayer grew to many hundreds of thousands, maybe millions. But now Christians are starting to take their rightful place in society as participants, rather than just wimpy onlookers from the sidelines.
Instead of pointing fingers and proclaiming how dirty politics is we should be the best we can be, get involved and help drain the swamp. But without Providential guidance and actions in society, the progressives will reach their goal of seeing America become one nation gone under
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