“You, my Brothers and Sisters,
Were called to be free”
As the nation struggles against the Coronavirus and COVID-19, we are told that we must only conduct “essential business”. Each Governor has given a different definition of what they consider to be “essential business”, and there are criminal penalties for being outside of your home, not on “essential business”.
Who honestly gets to decide what essential business is?
I base my interpretation on the best documents ever written in the history of Mankind: The Holy Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul pointed out the most basic truth about freedom:
“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”
That passage is clear and unequivocal. Being told that you cannot work or leave your home without government approval is indeed slavery. Being told by the government which business you are allowed to run and which jobs you are allowed to hold is NOT freedom.
By allowing this to continue, we are being “burdened again by a yoke of slavery”, and we are allowing it ourselves.
Our founding document, The Declaration of Independence, contains the following passage:
“That to secure these rights,
Governments are instituted among Men,
Deriving their just powers from the consent of governed”
Declaration of Independence
Note that it says that the government derives its power from the consent of the governed, not the other way around. Currently, the governed are being allowed to exercise their rights only with the consent of the government, which is slavery and unconstitutional.
The purpose of the Constitution of The United States is to restrict the GOVERNMENT, not the people.
“Congress shall make no law
Respecting an establishment of religion,
Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
Amendment 1 to The Constitution
By banning all in person religious services of greater than 10 people, the Governors have violated this Amendment. They’ve also violated the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, by banning any public assembly with people not of your own immediate family.
By being ordered into effective house arrest, where you can only leave your home if getting food or things deemed essential by the State, your Fifth Amendment rights are violated. The Fifth Amendment states that no person shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction
Thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State where they reside.
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”
Section 1 of Amendment 14
This clause makes the Constitution and the Bill of Rights applicable to the States, and clearly the Governors are violating the Constitution.
The question I pose is this…are we violating Paul’s admonition to “not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”?
Obviously, the answer is yes.
What are you willing to do about it?
Are you OK with a yoke of slavery?