It’s time for a chat. Grab a chair and your favorite holiday weekend drink.
I was in rural Kentucky and stopped at the Maker’s Mark Distillery because it’s my Dad’s favorite drink, and this took me along on another route to my friend’s house. As I was rolling along a two-lane backcountry road among those mountains, I was thinking about a conversation I’d had earlier in the day with my counterpart Stan backstage before the Council on Future Conflict show. I was reflecting on the state of the Disunited States and thinking that we are at an irreconcilable crossroads. At that exact moment, I looked to my right and saw the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln literally right outside my window. I don’t believe in coincidences.
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.
This verse is among my favorites and it’s very relevant. Allowing a small but vocal minority dictate life to the rest of us is slavery. Letting an increasingly tyrannical government threaten and harass people into giving up their rights and freedoms is slavery. LETTING CHILDREN BE CORRUPTED WITHOUT RESISTANCE IS SLAVERY.
It’s a very scary time. People who make their voice heard are being rounded up on charges that are nebulous at best. Still others are having search warrants executed on their homes without ever having been told what the charges are. A man was forced to surrender his phone and unlock it with no explanation. Just today, a mutual on Twitter reported that two agents from the FBI visited him over memes he shared.
But let me tell you about 55 men, who signed a letter to a King anyway. They were being harassed, their friends arrested or killed, and were threatened with imprisonment or execution. They signed their names anyway. They signed it following this bold statement that still gives me chills:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Declaration of Independence
When I talk about honor, people snicker and call me old fashioned. These are the same people who think that they can comply their way out of tyranny.
But what had these 55 men so resolute that they would make this pledge and risk arrest or death? Let’s look at a few of their chief complaints and compare them to today.
One their very first complaints was that the King set aside laws that they had passed. In our present case, the US Government has set aside the laws against illegal immigration and due process (red flag laws).
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people”…The best example is the Disinformation Governance Board, but the administrative state in general meets this complaint. You can’t do anything in America without running afoul of 15 regulatory agencies that will harass you.
“He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies”…20,000 troops in Washington DC, and multiple state capitols, claiming they are there to prevent “insurrection”, but they aren’t employed to actual ones.
“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury”…The trials for the Proud Boys have been moved again until at least January of 2023. Hundreds of detainees remain in custody, denied bail, without trials.
“For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences”…The J6 defendants have been transported from all over the country to a hostile jurisdiction to face trials for an insurrection that wasn’t an insurrection.
“For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever”… Now, to be fair, the Legislature hasn’t been suspended, but it has been rendered irrelevant because the government now rules by executive order, and is openly declaring the highest court in the land illegitimate.
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us”…by engaging in identity politics and victim worship, the government is exciting domestic insurrection. We won’t even get into who opened the doors on J6 or Ray Epps here.
As you can see, we are very much at the same crossroads. Many hope that this moment will just pass. Patrick Henry, in his famous speech, addressed this hope:
…it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
We can no longer just hope it will get better. We need to realize that the opposition is playing for keeps and is more dedicated than we are at this moment. We need to get active.
Many say “But what will you do? They are all-powerful.” Well, my man Patrick Henry had some words for that too:
Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on.
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
I’m not telling you what you should do. I point you back to Galatians 5:1, where God, through Paul, is telling you what you should do….Stand Firm.
I leave you with this:
For you were called to freedom, brothers.
Get off the couch. Fight for the freedom you have inherited from men of brave determination. Be worthy of them.
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