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.
Paul wrote those words just under 2,000 years ago, and today, as I sit at home because the government has ordered us all to, they are equally relevant.
Our ancestors came here because they were oppressed at home. They were told that they couldn’t worship as they wished and that they must do the bidding of the state.
The men who first established colonies here were Men of God, Warriors of the Spirit, looking for the freedom to worship and to live as they pleased.
As the years wore on, the Imperial government began restricting rights of the colonists. They banned public gatherings, limited freedom of movement, and even attempted to confiscate firearms. Does any of this sound familiar?
We threw off the yoke of slavery to our imperial masters then and established a nation based upon the rights of the PEOPLE, rather than the powers of the GOVERNMENT, which was unheard of at that time.
Some 60 years later, we had an internal struggle. Most modern teachings state that we were trying to fight slavery, but that was only part of the larger issue. The Civil War was caused because of the Federal Government increasing it’s control over the authority of the states, using the guise of fighting slavery, a noble and just cause, to trample State’s rights.
I’m not disputing slavery…It was a vile practice that God detests and was ended by Western Civilization first. It is still practiced in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to this day.
What I am saying is that the government began taking control over many aspects of everyday life, in the name of lofty social causes (sound familiar?).
Today, Americans are no longer the brave men who fought for their own freedom in the 1700s, fought against Muslim slave traders and against slavery here in the 1800s, or even the brave men who stormed Pacific Islands and Normandy, to free those held under oppression and slavery.
We’ve become so accustomed to our modern conveniences that as our state Governors are issuing unconstitutional orders, trampling our rights, half of the country is cheering them on, and the other half is too lazy to resist, other than with snarky tweets.
There is no Constitutional authority for the government to order businesses to close or to order you to stay home. The orders to not assemble and to not attend church both are SPECIFICALLY prohibited by the Constitution.
The government is now also using the Defense Production Act to seize LAWFULLY purchased items if they deem that you have more than you need. Now, I’m aware that the first cases were people who were price gouging, which is immoral. However, you have to see how this can impact people who planned ahead and are sitting on a stockpile of food. That Act allows the government to seize your property NOW and give you due process (fair market value) at some point in the future.
Many will argue that laws being used have to be Constitutional because they are on the books…but that isn’t true. No law is inherently Constitutional, that’s why we have a Supreme Court.
In Marbury v Madison, the Supreme Court stated that “act of the Legislature, repugnant to the Constitution, is void” and that “the Constitution is superior to ordinary act of the Legislature”. These orders and emergency laws banning church, free movement, right to assemble, and allowing the seizure of your property, all violate the 14th Amendment:
“…No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of Citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
Ordering me to remain in home seems to violate the whole thing. I understand that there is indeed a deadly virus out there, but we don’t surrender our freedoms out of fear that something MIGHT happen to us. I don’t see a clause about “unless there is a virus” in the Constitution.
Paul warned us 2,000 years ago not to take up the yoke of slavery again….yet here we are, sitting in our homes, not attending church, not gathering in groups of more than 10.
Everyone should consider Paul’s warning and ask yourself…Where will I draw the line? What am I willing to do to ensure all of our freedom?