May 9, 2023 – Faith Pillar Devotional
Why did our founders talk so much about Liberty? “To them it was a sacred trust, a precious possession, a privilege to be stewarded, and a right they would be responsible to give an answer for. Liberty meant everything to them. It was something worth fighting for…”
What is the difference between Liberty and Freedom? Freedom can be taken away by others. It is called majority rule, and with it people with political power can vote to take away your freedom. Whereas Liberty was an endowed right from our Creator as Thomas Jefferson described in the Declaration of Independence.
As God fearing men they knew that our liberty comes from Christ! When Christ is the center of our lives we know that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. He is the one who grants us freedom and life and blessings forever more for those who believe in Him! America’s Founders understood this and demanded liberty as opposed to simple freedom under a government. That is why we are a republic versus a democracy.
A few quotes presented below remind us why we need to take a stand to save our republic:
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three million people armed in the holy cause of liberty and in such a country as that which we possess are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God Who presides over the destinies of nations, and Who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…Gentlemen may cry, “Peace, Peace,” but there is not peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Deuteronomy 20:1 (NIV) When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Galatians 2:4 (Berean Study Bible) This issue arose because some false brothers had come in under false pretenses to spy on our freedom in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us.
Galatians 5:1 (ESV) For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.