I have had many people ask me this question:
“What do we do? How do we restore our Constitution/Liberty?”
I have given them the same answer for several years now, and — every single time — the person who asked the question has gone away frustrated. They did not want to hear the answer I gave them. They wanted to hear something else. This is how it always plays out, and it reminds me of the following scene:
Mark 10:17-22 New American Standard Bible
The Rich Young Ruler
17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do so that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not give false testimony, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth.” 21 Looking at him, Jesus showed love to him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But he was deeply dismayed by these words, and he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
This young ruler was sincere in his efforts to do what he needed to do to gain eternal life — so long as what he needed to do was something he wanted to do! In this case, Yeshua told the young ruler he would have to give up that which he prized most, even above eternal life. The young ruler simply could not bring himself to do what was asked of him, so he went away. I see a similar reaction from everyone who asks me what we need to do to restore our liberty.
Do you want to know what we need to do to restore our liberty in America? OK, I’ll tell you, and I am absolutely certain that this is the Truth. I am equally certain that, as a people, when we hear the answer, we will walk away dejected, and for the same reasons the young ruler walked away: the answer is not what we want to hear or do.
OK, so what do we do to restore our liberty in America? Well, the answer is simple:
If we wish to restore our liberty, we must follow the example of our Founders, and that starts by repenting: bending our knees and admitting our guilt before YHWH. Then we and earnestly seek His forgiveness, and ask Him to restore our land.
That’s it; that is all we have to do. But no one will believe that this is the key to the Founders’ success — mostly because they do not know or understand what the Founders believed. Well, it starts by remembering that the Founders came out of the Great Awakening. The Great Awakening changed the thinking of the American people, which then changed their hearts. John Adams told us so when he told us that the Revolution was effected before the fighting even started, and that it was due to a change in the moral sentiments of the American People:
“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.“
In other words, the Great Awakening made the American People realize that true Liberty is not found in the ways of Man, but in the ways of YHWH, The Creator. That He, not Man, should be our King. We should seek to follow His Laws, and that following His Laws means we have a moral obligation (i.e. a duty) to our neighbors as well as our society. This was the key to the Founders’ success, and it shows in their writings. If we’ll bother to look, we’ll find it, both in their writings as well as in human history.
The perfect contrast is found in the difference between the American and French Revolutions. In America, we followed the theory of Natural Law according to John Locke. Locke followed the Book of Romans, and said that YHWH was the source of all Rights and Natural Law. Our Founders embraced Locke’s thinking and applied it and Scripture to their efforts, which is why the Founders ultimately succeeded in their efforts. While Hobbs, on the other hand, said that Man is the source of all rights and law. France embraced Hobbs, and the blood ran in the streets until the sight of children being guillotined in the streets finally shocked the masses into ending the violence. The Founders embraced YHWH as the ultimate source of Rights, Liberty and Natural Law and they succeeded; France embraced Man as the source of rights, law and liberty and they failed. The lesson cannot be more clear, but we refuse to accept it.
There is one more thing we need to understand. We are told that this nation was never intended to be a ‘theocracy,’ that our Founders put a wall of separation between religion and the government. Nothing could be farther from the Truth. It is one of Satan’s clever little schemes: he includes just enough truth to sell you the lie. This nation was intended to be a Theocracy, and the Founders said so. It’s just that the Founders intended all Americans to embrace YHWH’s as their King, and to obey and follow His commands. They set up the government to be nothing more than an earthly administrator of YHWH’s Law. How do we know this is true? Again, by reading what the Founders said:
“…This day, I trust the reign of political protestantism will commence. We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone. We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought, and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.”
–Samuel Adams, “American Independence,” August 1, 1776
Samuel Adams told us — clearly and forcefully — that he was looking forward to a rule of political Protestantism. It’s just that the Protestants saw Rome as the Harlot riding the Beast of government, and they sought to return the Church to its proper position as the servant of YHWH and His Son, Yeshua. So, for Sam Adams, the King is YHWH/Yeshua and He rules from Heaven. To those who know the Scriptures, this should be evident in Adam’s language in describing government as having eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. Remember, Adam’s came out of the Great Awakening, which came out of the Reformation. He knows his Scriptures better than most everyone alive today, and it shows — but only if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.
But this understanding carried forward, to the generation after our Founders. It is expressed succinctly by Robert Winthrop:
“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”–Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the House, 1847-1849
The simple Truth is this:, many of our Founders spoke or wrote wrods to similar affect, and I have shared some of them in the following post:
In the Founders’ Words: the Essential Role of Religion in Public and Civic Life
So, you see, it is not that our Founders set this nation up to see whether or not Man can rule Himself; they set it up to see whether or not Man can govern himself according to YHWH’s Law. The Founders said so, we just do not want to listen to them anymore than the rich ruler wanted to listen to Yeshua. Sadly, nothing has changed. When I am asked what we need to do and I respond by telling people we must return to YHWH, they walk away in frustration — just like that rich ruler.
Solomon was (and remains) correct: we never learn, and thus, it is all chasing after the wind.
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