Saturday, June 2, 2012
Every June 6 we remember D-Day and the terrible cost in blood and lives that freedom requires. And rightly so! But beyond that cost, there is an ongoing price that must be paid if freedom is to survive; that of eternal vigilance. And truth is what we must be ever vigilant of.
Last time I wrote that in order for freedom to be experienced people must be under a righteous and just authority and that the nearest humans have ever come to establishing such an authority is the United States Constitution. This time I want to show that this view is consistent with and rooted in Christianity.
In John 8:32 Jesus utters one of His best known statements when He says, "Then you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." What is not so well known, yet is necessary to understanding what He meant, is the previous context-setting verse. It is what the "Then" in verse 32 is referring to. Verse 31 says, "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.'” This speaks to being under authority. Jesus declares here that there is a direct correlation between being under authority and being free, and that there is another element that must be present in order for freedom to flourish; truth. You could say it in the form of a mathematical equation; obedience + truth = freedom.
Late in this chapter we find Jesus' declaration that the devil is a liar. Having stated elsewhere, (John 12:31 & 16:11), that Satan is the ruler of this world, Jesus reminds us here that his kingdom is predicated on lies. Since truth is to lies as light is to darkness, obscuring the truth and/or preventing it from being told is paramount in the devils strategy. This speaks to why it is so vital that true American patriots be able to articulate true American history.
As we look at our culture today we see so many ways that We The People have been taken in by lies. How else could it be that a nation founded on "self-evident truths...", among which are life, could have, 200 years into our existence, begun the practice of legalized abortion? Only a deceived, rebellious people could have allowed such a thing to happen.
Jesus says here that in order for an authority to be just and righteous it must be truth-based. So much revisionist history and so many myths and lies are so prevalent in our culture today as to make setting things right a daunting task indeed. Such has always been the case in the battle for truth. But remember, truth is a powerful thing and always worth the telling.
Clearly what is needed in America today is a new birth of freedom. I know not whether it is too late for that to happen. I do know that if it is going to happen, an insistence on and obedience to truth, will once again have to characterize We The People in America. You and I can play a role in bringing that about by obediently speaking the truth whenever and wherever we have the opportunity. May God empower and bless us as we do.
Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
June 1, 2012
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