Faith and Liberty

"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith." Alexis de Tocqueville

 

"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard from the word of Christ." the Apostle Paul

 

Like many of you, I have watched with sadness over the last several decades as our American liberties have been taken away, one by one. I want you to know that I don't so much blame those who are in charge of government for taking away these liberties, as I do those within the church, for I know that government is derived from those who will do their bidding. In other words, I believe the greatness of America has diminished because the faithfulness of her Christian people has waned.

 

Those who were alive during the Great Depression and World War II understood that liberty was tied to faith. It was neighbors who took care of neighbors during the depression era. And, while government had a role, it was nothing compared to the part that Christian charity played. Then when the war came and Americans realized that they could not stand idly by while a tyrant tried to take over the world, the entire country got behind the war effort.

 

And as strange as it is for some today to understand, America prayed for help in winning the war. They did not do so because they thought that our God was a Deity of War, they did so because they knew that America had a righteous cause, so they had the right to call on God for help. 

 

They did so because liberty depends on faith, not the other way around. Too many people think that our nation is great because we have the liberty to exercise our faith, but they have the cart before the horse. America is great and enjoys her liberty because America was established first and foremost as a nation of people who acknowledged and depended on God.

 

So for those who are bemoaning our loss of freedom to practice our faith, thinking somehow that faith comes from liberty, please think about the truth of the quotations above. For liberty has always come from morality, and the only source of morality that has ever mattered is faith. And, the only source of true faith is Christ.

 

Never forget that our liberties have often been purchased with the blood of patriots, and that the source of true liberty was purchased with the blood of Christ. If we want these liberties that we so cherish to be restored, we are first going to have to restore our faith.

 

Have you read your Bible today?

 

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

Galatians 5:1, NIV