Why God is necessary for Freedom in America

9 01 2013

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The Way it Works

There was a time in America where it was already assumed that these two principles (God and freedom) go hand in hand. But that concept has been lost since there has been such a spiritual upheaval in American society today. So in this blog I set out to prove that without God there is no freedom. My argument is that essentially God is necessary for freedom to exist.

What is Freedom? 

We hear this word thrown around a lot and to many people the concept is elusive. What are we talking about when we say, “I fight for freedom”. Or the soldiers on the front lines fight for my “freedom”. Freedom to do what? Or freedom from what? That is the real question, what kind of freedom are they fighting for? Freedom is a by-product. It is a by-product from understanding another philosophical idea which are Rights and Privileges

What is a Right vs. Privilege

These two terms couldn’t be more opposite from each other but every day they are the most confused terms by many young Americans. “It is my right to have healthcare!”  but is it? “It is my right to party at night!” But is it really? A right is something that cannot be taken from you. No one can remove your rights, however, someone can take away a privilege. The hard part is discerning between the two in today’s society.

Let’s make an example:

Let’s say you have a dream at night. Am I able to steal your dream? Or borrow your dream? Can I manipulate the dream you had? Of course not. Your thoughts and your ideas are yours you own them! They belong to you. Another example: your mouth, can I take away your right to speak? Of course not! I can suppress it or hinder it. But I didn’t give you your mandible so therefore I cannot take it away I can only hinder you from using it.

However, if you owned a piece of land and I asked to cross it and you said, “OK” you are giving me a privilege to cross your land I don’t have the right to do it. I cannot just cross your land at will I must ask you for permission. Let’s say one day I asked you if I can cross the piece of land and you said “NO!” do you have the right to tell me no? Yes! Must I abide by that? Yes! But in today’s society they believe they have the right to cross other peoples rights because it is their right. This is not true.

Back to the argument

So if you have a clear understanding of a Right and a privilege then the rest should make sense.

The first idea we need to settle is that there is no force on earth stronger than government when it comes to power. Just think about it, govt is the only entity that breaks into peoples homes (FBI) and no one calls the cops. They are the only force to take money from you whether you like it or not (Taxes) and no one can stop them. Govt is the strongest force on earth.

If this force is what “grants” us our rights then they technically are not rights correct? They are privileges. This means the government can take the privileges away at will. So then, it stands to reason that if we want to protect our rights FROM govt then they cannot COME from govt. They must come from somewhere else. That somewhere else would have to be a force greater than government, stronger than government and keep politicians accountable for their actions. The only known force strong enough for all of that is this guy we call God.

Hence, in the declaration it is stated: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

In layman’s terms this is what it says: During the natural course of human history, there are times when people feel the need to secede from the governments which hold the humans together and to latch onto the powers of the earth which the laws of Nature and the God ENTITLE them so therefore we should list all the things which cause us to want to disband.

Did you notice that they draw their power to do this from nature (physical being) and God? The only way one can rise against the machine is to believe there is a power stronger than the machine that allows them to do so.

So what is Freedom?

Freedom is the ability to openly practice your God given rights without suppression from the only force that is strong enough to suppress them which is govt. Without God there are no rights. One might try to derive rights from evolution but the problem is that evolution has no political authority. In fact, to believe in evolution is to say that there is nothing wrong with the strongest lording over the weakest because there is no sense of true morality. It is only wrong because it feels wrong but what kind of basis is a feeling? The strong would merely ignore the sentiments of the weak.

So when the Founding father’s set up the nation they claimed that the people have the authority based on their God given rights and that this authority GRANTS government to be present among them to secure ability to practice freedom. But as soon as the government tries to play the role of God and it starts teaching people that govt is the giver of freedom and rights then the people have the right to dissolve the government and start a new one. This is because they knew that government is corrupt.

As the saying goes, “Unchecked power always becomes corrupt”

Basic argument in a nut shell

1)No force on earth stronger than government

2) Freedom is derived from fighting govt that suppresses rights

3) rights do not come from govt they come from a higher authority

4) The only higher authority is God

5)God gives rights, rights fight for freedom

Therefore God is necessary for Freedom.





Who is Jesus to you?

7 01 2013

Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
Mark 8:27-29

How will you respond when Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Do you see Him the way the world sees Him? Will you answer His question the same way the impressionable passers-by answered? Or will you answer the way Peter answered, that He is the Christ?

You see, the world sees Jesus as just another god on the shelf, an emergency back-up plan in case circumstances get really bad and they need to be bailed out of something. They only seeJesus as another religion.

Then there are those who have listened to the things of the Lord but have never made a full commitment of faith to truly follow Him. They perceive Jesus to be some prophet, like John the Baptist or Elijah. Indeed, John was a reformer, calling for repentance and a change of ways from the old lifestyle. And Elijah was the national conscience. Even the king and queen feared him because he stood up for what was just and right. He was the spokesperson for God and he stood between opposing opinions.

And while seeing Jesus as a reformer and a prophet are good, they still don’t fully represent who He is. Yes, we see Jesus as the One who calls for repentance and a change of lifestyle. Yes, we see Jesus as the spokesman for the Father, always doing the Father’s will. But He’s much more than that! He is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God! He’s the Messiah who died on the cross for your sins so that you could experience a life on this earth that matters, and an eternal life with Him forever. His is our Savior!

The God we worship isn’t like any other god or religion. Jesus loves you. He wants a relationship with you. He is reaching out to you and desires to be with you. Jesus is so much more than a prophet or an evangelist. He is the One who took the sins of the world away. He rescued you out of your sins.

In your day-to-day life, don’t let the enemy lull you to sleep thinking that Jesus is just another something-or-other. Don’t relegate Jesus to being just another person who walked this earth.

So… who do you say that He is?

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Colossians 1:16-22).








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