Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:Dead or Alive

Dear Patriots,
In my last post I made a pretty strong assertion: America is not sick but dead. Why did I say that? Obviously, America still exists and is operating as a nation so, how can she be dead?

A person is not just physical. Each of us has a soul, that invisible yet essential element of our being where our thoughts are formed and grow to become our deeply held beliefs and convictions. The soul is what truly defines a person and what animates and motivates ones actions.

Every person also has a conscience by which we have the capacity to govern our behavior so as not to violate our souls. This does not mean, though, that we will never do so. We can still choose to not heed our conscience. When we do that we commit suicide by a thousand cuts until, eventually, our identity is lost and our soul dies. Then, even though one is still physically alive, he is dead in the most vital sense.

These same things are true for a nation. In the case of America, the Declaration of Independence represents the soul of America. It clearly articulates the ideas and ideals of America and thereby defines who and what we are as a nation. The Constitution represents the conscience of America and was designed to govern us in accordance with the stated principles of the Declaration.

So, what I mean by my assertion that America is dead is that we have so violated the Constitution as to have completely lost our identity as a nation. We have descended from the lofty ideals of inalienable, God-given rights, to the always-changing, man made "rights" of personal gratification and political expedience. In so doing, we have murdered America.

Yes, America still exists physically. She still has a geographical, governmental and economic identity, but the America that exists today is a soul-less entity, devoid of a conscience. The task then for true patriots is to be prepared to breathe new life into her by articulating anew the timeless principles of the Declaration and the necessity of following the Constitution.

As I said in my previous post, America is in need of resurrection and we must not forget that a resurrection is a supernatural event. Even so, our God most often chooses not to act independently of our will and involvement. He has a role for us to play before He will act. Part of that is to be prepared, as I said in the previous paragraph. And the most important way to be prepared is to be pre-prayered. From our knees we assume the most powerful posture from which we can take the fight to the enemies of freedom. We must pray for America before we do anything else. May we each and all commit to do so. Consistently!

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
February 29, 2012
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