Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Gift of Liberty

This is an exact copy (I edited the closing two paragraphs for clarity 12/24/2009) of a message I sent to friends in April 2008. It was not an edited document, but rather simply a message that I typed because this was on my mind, and quite frankly, I was a little more angry than normal about how my fellow citizens, my friends, are being abused.

You will see that I hold a Christian Worldview. I draw certain conclusions regarding liberty, government, taxes, etc. that may be the same as another person, but perhaps from a differing foundation or perspective; i.e. from a different worldview.

To those who are Christian, you will recognize the language and ideas. To those having another worldview, some statements and ideas will seem wrong by your measure. Thankfully we live in a nation that allows freedom of speech, which most certainly rests on freedom of thought. We each are able to choose our own filter through which we see the world.

While each person may have a different basis for his views, I believe that we all desire liberty; the freedom to live responsibly among others, living as we see fit within the reasonable constraints of society.

I share this text as a way of sharing the passion I have for the well-being and rights of the people in our state and nation. In the following text, the ideas presented are general because at the time I was refining my thinking and testing the conclusions which I had drawn.

After more than thirteen years of intentional study, thought and research I know with certainty, through the filter of math, reason and logic, the actions that we must take in order to remain free and strong as a state (Georgia) and nation. I look forward to opportunities to communicate, share and defend my conclusions and claims.

So here is what I was thinking one evening in April 2008.

April 6, 2008

If you recall the key focus of the American Steward Initiative, it is about repairing belief systems and damaged social structures. In my research I have uncovered what I believe to be the temporal systemic root of our problems. These discoveries present realities which are more painful and alarming than I imagined.

There is an intentional war being waged against liberty and we are engaged in the battles whether we realize this or not.

Perhaps you know this is true. That is not good enough. To have meaning and impact beyond trivia, this reality should be table talk in every household. The talk and beliefs should be rooted in knowledge and understanding.

These battles for liberty play out over the course of decades and generations. If as a nation we are unaware of what is really going on around us, then we lose by default. With regard to loss, I speak not of God’s Sovereignty over all, but rather of our responsibilities with regard to our call to be good stewards and Christ-like sons of our Father in Heaven. Reduced to a specific situation involving a choice on the part of the individual, we can easily construct analogies and examples that clearly show our obligation to make choices. I.e. Shall I stop a mugging?

We must take action. We must lead intelligently. We must know where we are going and why. We must know our obstacles; spiritual, temporal, historical, behavioral, geographical, economic, technological, ideological, political, social, systemic, beliefs, education, propaganda, resource, etc.

We must integrate education into the culture. This objective will involve low tech, high tech, media, books, cartoons, seminars and training sessions, etc. The call to action must be understandable and sustainable. Behaviors must change, but calling for change is meaningless without a clear understanding of the problem, a clear solution and a workable, realistic and step-based plan to achieve change and reach the goal.

In the past I have asked: “How many people are sitting on the deck, watching the bright blue sky, while the ship sinks?”

What good does it do to swab the deck, polish the silver, tuck the baby in the crib, plan tomorrow’s breakfast menu, etc. if we are onboard the Titanic? If the ship is sinking, our apparent security is but an illusion at a point in time.

Study history and one will find that the enemy of liberty is real and effective. Do we, today, have the wisdom and fortitude to respond?

Oppressive institutions win over time by wearing people down. Oppressive institutions must be purged at minimum and often must be destroyed.

Have we really done our job in education if students receive a diploma, or more so leave our homes, without understanding the raging battle for sovereign control over their own, personal life, liberty and property?

In this age, established sovereign control over these three elements shall belong to the ruling class or the individual. Apart from constant vigilance, a perverse ruling class will win. Your life will be owned by another. Your liberty will be defined not by law, but by another individual. Your property will be deemed to be or not to be by whim of the powerful.

The 20th Century terminated upwards of 100 million lives at the hand of a perverse and destructive ruling class. These powers currently lay claim to life, liberty and property of billions more.

Imagine, dear friends, boldly claiming to provide for your family and their future while a hidden tube is attached to your vein slowly drawing the blood from your body. While your spirit may be strong, soon your body will be too weak to provide. Your strength will be slowly, but completely, taken from you. Your claim and desire to care for those you love will become nearly meaningless.

America is being robbed and used.

Not only are the wealth, morality and beauty of America being slowly drained by corrupt and ungodly practices, America and her citizens have been used. We have been made unwilling dupes in a plot to deprive people of life, liberty and property. I know what that looks like. I have personally experienced being the specific individual who wanted to do what was right, who worked hard and sacrificed for a false objective, only later to find I had been manipulated into supporting evil. That, my friends, is a very bad place to be. This very thing has been done to the citizens of the United States of America.

Is our ship sinking? If our view is simply that this degradation is what is called for in scripture, then Nero should have been only the beginning and the middle ages should never have ended; those oppressed people should have done nothing, since the end was obviously near. The truth is that brighter days did lie ahead and much good has been done because of the labors of strong Christian leaders and by others who adhered closely to the Judeo-Christian God’s guidance on liberty.

There are specific problems that must be corrected – or else those who love liberty lose. There is a hole in our ship, below the water line. The ship is not just a metaphor. It is a metaphor for the actual reality that you and your children and their children do experience or will experience. We have a serious, life and death, real, actual, tangible problem facing us.

We argue over policy and rules about how to manage the ship, fighting amongst ourselves, while the actual enemy destroys the very ground on which we stand. And do you know what else? They are laughing at the American serfs; and the term serf includes everyone who is not currently wielding useful power, deployed in the service of the ruling elite.

If an actual ship is sinking, what are the first five things that should be done, ordered by priority? Perhaps more to the point, what would not be on the list of activities? What are we doing today that doesn’t matter until the ship is made seaworthy again?

We may be able to take action and win the great battle of our generation, but there is no chance whatsoever if we deny the conflict, are not on the field of battle and don’t know our enemy.

We must act. We must intelligently engage.

If we are without glorious days of freedom and liberty between now and the end of the age, let it not be because we failed to vigorously pursue and fight for those bright, good and productive days. Let us wrap the gift of liberty and place it under the Christmas tree for our posterity, in remembrance of the One who makes men free. Can you see with your mind’s eye the light that would burst forth from a gift of liberty; a package held in the tiny hands of a child or the strong hands of a young father? Imagine the grandfather on his last Christmas finding that liberty had indeed been secured, for another generation, in the hearts of the people; incorporated once again in a limited government which derives its just powers from the labor and consent of the governed.

This possibility shall soon be lost if we keep our present course. Instead, a tattered box in a cold house will be opened to find only grief, pain and need. I acknowledge with gladness that the light of Christ always shines through and many miracles accompany the persecuted church. Even so, let’s secure our freedoms while we have strength to win, rather than wait to incur wrath when we resist, because resistance is all the power we have left, having failed to overcome when we could have made a difference and achieved victory.


Anonymous said...

good stuff to say the least

Anonymous said...

As you say, it's not simply a metaphor; it describes the gravity of our current situation. Your appeal for committed action is compelling and should be heeded by all who would have liberty for all.