The Best Use of Our Freedom

Freedom. Liberty. Independence.

These are some of the values that this country was founded on. They were some of the dreams that our Founders had back in 1776 when they signed the Declaration of Independence.

Yet, it wasn’t simply ‘freedom to do whatever I want’.

That kind of freedom, if followed to it’s end, would lead to mob rule, and eventually, anarchy.

No, this ‘freedom’ that they were investing “our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor” for was a freedom with a purpose. These freedoms were founded on a core belief in a Creator–as THE Source of Freedom.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are live, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

Our rights…our freedom…our liberty comes, ultimately, from God.

…and the difference that point makes becomes clear when we ‘throw off’ God’s influence and try to use our freedoms as we see fit.

John Adams wrote that “Our Constitution (and the rights detailed in it) is sufficient only for a moral or religious people; it is wholly inadequate for the government of any other“.

The Scriptures say “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD”. (Psalm 33:12)

True, that Scripture was addressed to Israel, however our Founders wanted it to be true of the United States of America also…they sought to welcome God’s presence and influence.

Now, we have become a people who have rejected God, for the most part…and our government shows the effects!

Political parties have now become about ‘getting our way’, and about ‘defeating the other side’ more than about the good of the country. We have now become a mud-slinging people, and our goal seems to be to have the best ‘tweet’ or the best ‘comeback’ to any of our opponents’ points…rather than government for the good of the people.

This did NOT start with our current President! Granted, it may be more extreme now, but this has been getting worse for some time…because (in my opinion) we have rejected the Lord for some time!

“When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
    But whoever obeys the law is joyful.” (Proverbs 29:18)

Where will this journey end, if continued on like this?

Increasing hostility. Decreasing civility. Disaster.

What is the solution?

To humble ourselves again before the Lord, to seek His will, and to submit to His leadership.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.” (James 4:10)

Will everyone follow suit? Of course not!

Will those who worship Jesus? I hope so! They should!

Really, that is our only hope for our nation–if the Church actually focuses again on ‘being’ The Church. Then, as God multiplies our influence, it may be that our nation can be saved from our headlong pursuit of self-destruction.

It is not about political party. It is certainly not about any specific politician!

It is about you, and I–individual Americans–following God.

That is the best use of our freedom!


Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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