TRUTH: Who Can Give Up Essential Liberty


US Flag with Lady LibertyThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin. It is Independence Day, July 4, in the United States of America. The quote by Benjamin Franklin was highlighted in a document encouraging us to be thankful for our freedom in these United States of America. Thomas Jefferson, said, “How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” For those Americans, including my brother, uncles, cousins, and other family and friends, I salute you for your devotion and sacrifice to preserve my liberty. but I ask the TRUTH: Who Can Give Up Essential Liberty?

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the rights of free expression and actions that are fundamental to democratic government. These rights include freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. We live in a country that allows an athlete to stage silent protests during the National Anthem. He was free to do so; yet, there was a cost for him, no job. We live in a country where our President is free to break from conventional norms of “presidential” behaviors. Like the athlete, there is a cost for him too – a loss of respect by some countrymen, but I ask the TRUTH: Who Can Give Up Essential Liberty? A

s we spend time today reflecting and celebrating our political freedoms, let us focus on the religious freedoms that we were given on this Independence Day. I have asked the TRUTH: Who Can Give Up Essential Liberty? Psalm 33:12 (ESV) answers that question for us. It says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” The most essential liberty that we have is our service of the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He sent. According to the verse and other scriptural texts, the nation or people of God are not solely Jews or those who live in the United States of America as some purport. Romans 9:6 tells us “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel,and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.” We also know from scripture that “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) Again, I ask the TRUTH: Who Can Give Up Essential Liberty?

You give up your freedom or liberty by not knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He sent. Galatians 3:22-29 tells us “22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Without Christ, each is still held captive to sin. You have First Amendment and other Constitutional rights, but that has nothing to do with citizenship in Zion. 

TRUTH: Who Can Give Up Essential Liberty? No one. Surrender to Jesus and be freed from clutches and curse of sin – eternal death.

 

 

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