Indulgence

I often write about freedom and liberty and how the concepts themselves are born out of scripture.  I write about how those scriptures influenced and formed the foundation for the men, for the principles, and ultimately for the documents which developed with the founding of the United States of America.

This city on the hill is more than just a physical place, a country on a temporal Earth, but it is a metaphor for the Kingdom of Christ.  This country, at it’s founding was a revolution in governance.  It placed individual men as the ultimate sovereign power within it’s power structure.  These men were not kings in the old monarchical sense of things in Europe, but rather kings as Adam was intended at creation.  He was master of all creation, and he answered only to God Himself.  This is how God intended this place to work.  This is the Biblical foundation of the concept of the individual sovereignty which is essential to the functioning of this republic.

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Benjamin Rush

The founding fathers of this country were intensely passionate about the role of God as the solid foundation of this country.  Without this passion, it is hard to to imagine the American Revolution ever taking place.  It is hard to imagine the challenges faced, the hurdles overcome, and the belief in “the cause” that persisted in the face of repeated defeats in battle, and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their path personally and politically.  This nation was founded as a Christian nation, and anyone who doubts that needs to go read up on the true fomenters of rebellion and insurrection.  How far we have fallen from those days when men of God spoke freely about the ills of the world and fought, literally, to oppose them.

For centuries, this country has endured wars, droughts, economic calamities, and a divisive civil war which truly pitted brother against brother and father against son.  We have climbed the ladder of nations and risen to the top of the ash heap as the most powerful country militarily and economically in the history of the world.  Was it worth it? Did we sacrifice what made America that city on the hill in order to achieve temporary greatness?

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Galatians 5:13

Have we abused our freedoms won to live indulgently in the present or did we preserve them and protect them for our children and our grandchildren?  Have we sacrificed the future in order to maintain the present?

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Matthew 16:26

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