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Good morning Liberty Church!
Hope your activism is blessed today, and full of good fruit. If you're not an activist, I hope your fruit is just as good! I hope your inner strength is in the peace of God. Reach out for God and he'll reach out for you :)
I'm pumped for week after week of growing closer to the heavenly Father. It's a wonderful journey. As we grow closer to God we start to see the truth more clearly. We become progressively more moral. We become wiser. We become stronger. Our faith grows and flourishes. Our inner peace and serenity expands, so we can handle the most desperate situations calmly. Because one day soon, we may have to.
I see God training a new generation of leaders, through the power of the internet. These men and women have access to a wealth of information on politics, news, science, and religion. These people have the need for truth, and desperately seek the truth. And eventually they find the road leading to the holy Bible. They come for the word of God, because they see an awful world around them.
The truth sets us free, inwardly. When we are free inwardly, we seek to make our external world better. We seek for true liberty of surroundings.
And it's nice being free isn't it? Our freedom may be taken away externally, but internally we find freedom from sinful obsession, in the love of Christ Jesus.
John 8:36 NIV
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
I like being free. We love freedom because it is our natural correct state under God. God created us with free will, so we could choose freely, whether we do good or evil. And given a complete and utter choice we tend toward good. But when laws and rules upon rules are forced upon us, ironically, we often tend toward misconduct, if only to show our own independence.
Godly men founded this nation, the United States. We know that God blessed this nation, because it has prospered. Some might teach that the American Revolution was unholy, but if it was, why would it have been blessed by God? Considering the odds the founders had to face, fighting the greatest army the world had ever known, the British army, how could they have prevailed without God's blessing?
Some might say that we should stand at attention before our governments and submit to everything they say. This isn't what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that we ought to obey, but disobey if it interferes with our service to God. The Bible doesn't teach us to ignore what our government does. It doesn't teach us to sit idly by. Since we have a participatory government, we ought to engage in it. If we see laws that are unjust we change them, but we need not disobey them, unless they harm others or ourselves directly.
I know this is a hard time to be a Christian. It's a very hard time to be politically "awake" and to also be a servant of the most high God. We face ridicule on two different fronts, and probably many more as we proceed forward. I think of Psalm 3 when I look at the situation in America:
Many attack me.
2 Many say about me,
“God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me;
you are my glory and the one who restores me.
4 To the Lord I cried out,
and he answered me from his holy hill.
5 I rested and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord protects me.
6 I am not afraid of the multitude of people
who attack me from all directions.
7 Rise up, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Yes, you will strike all my enemies on the jaw;
you will break the teeth of the wicked.
8 The Lord delivers;
you show favor to your people."