Sunday, November 27, 2011

Freedom and Personal Responsibility - This We Must Defend

© 2011 by Mrs. Juli Iles 
By taking a Christian Leadership University class on the Constitution, I have learned volumes about the history of our country, the principles that our country was founded on, and how unique we are to have a government of laws and not of men. For us to truly treasure what we have; we must know the price that was paid for it. We must defend the Constitutional principles that have been given to us, through Divine Providence, to secure our haven of freedom. Benjamin Franklin once said: "The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affairs of men.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice’, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" 

Along the same vein, he also said, "We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel." I will continue to read about our Founders' original intent and about the ends of Capitalism and the Free Market versus Socialism and Tyranny. Books on these subjects are not short books. I will not allow myself to possess the average attention span.

To quote Franklin once more: “A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” I will share truth, even to others' disapproval.

I will vote for men “who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain”, and I will encourage others to do so. I will associate with people who are making positive changes in our political system. I will write letters to my representatives, I will stand with picket signs when necessary, and I will speak out at city council and county commissioners’ meetings if needed. Although the journey is long, it is worth it. I will defend freedom for the next generation. I will not allow tradition to dictate what is right. I will be open to changing my opinion on a matter if I find that there is a better way. I will not take anyone's word for gospel. I will seek to expose corruption.

Samuel Adams said, "The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men."

Thomas Jefferson said, "I ask for no straining of words against the general government, nor yet against the states. I believe the states can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore, to see maintained that wholesome distribution of powers established by the Constitution for the limitation of both; and never to see all offices transferred to Washington." 

I will explain to my friends that our rights do not come from the government, as Martin Luther King said:"...each individual has certain basic rights that are neither conferred by nor derived from the state. To discover where they came from it is necessary to move back behind the dim mist of eternity, for they are God-given..."

If God gave us our rights, it is our duty as Christians to defend them since we are called to be good stewards. William Penn said, "Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."

If we look to man to provide for our needs, they will rule over us. If we look to God to provide for our needs, we will have freedom and God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. Our Founders knew this. James Madison said, "With respect to the words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators." 

There are many things that can be done to change our political structure. But without sharing Salvation with others it will be to no avail. John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."

So, what is the answer to our nation's problems? Patrick Henry said, "The great pillars of all government...[are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible."

I recently heard a pastor say that as Christians it is not our responsibility to solve all the world's problems. It is to preach the Gospel, which will solve the biggest problem. It would be nice to think that we could make a perfect world, there are many that think that we should have a utopian world, but then there would be no need for the return of our Savior. We have been told that the poor will always be with us, but we are also told the story of the Good Samaritan. The man did not walk by and say “A government agency representative will be with you shortly”.

The example that God set for us was intended to show us how to help one another individually. When we do not take our responsibilities seriously there will always be a negative outcome. In the case of America the outcome has been a loss of our freedom. Frederic Bastiat said, ‎"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all."

In order to restore our country to the original intent of the founders we must take the time to do our duty. Instead of waiting for the government to care for the poor and needy we will take it upon ourselves to care for those who are in a place of inability to care for themselves. We must also teach our children to be self-sufficient so that they do not become a burden to others. Abraham Lincoln said: "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." We must explain to our children that America was established to provide an opportunity which we can take advantage of or we can choose to be discontent and envious of the accomplishments of others.

F.A. Hayek said “A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.” This is why Socialism leads to Communism. Many believe that they are entitled to things that should never be the responsibility of the government. This ideology is purporting redistribution of wealth and is creating class hatred.

Abraham Lincoln said, ‎"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

As Benjamin Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." One day we will experience a utopian world. It is called Heaven. If one is ever to experience this world they must surrender their current life to the only One who can assure a perfect world. This alone is the final answer.  For now, love your neighbor as yourself.  = )

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© 2011 by Mrs. Juli Iles

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