Liberty is a gift from God
As we live the last days of this month of November, we can thankfully reflect on many things. We honored the veterans with Veterans Day and
with thankful hearts remembered those who served our country. Then as we enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, we again had reason to be thankful. By the grace of God, we enjoy freedom and peace in our land.
The thoughts of freedom bring to mind the elections of November. I would like to congratulate Mr. Nolan on his victory. Now he will once again go to Washington to serve us, the American people. I would suggest Mr. Nolan, along with some of his colleagues, stroll down to the Jefferson Memorial and read the inscriptions credited to Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence. One part especially comes to mind, which is: “Can the liberties of a Nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” With the laws of our great nation desiring to remove God from our lives, perhaps it would be good if our legislators would remind themselves of the thoughts of our founding fathers as they consider the bills before them.
Here in Minnesota, at state level, it also behooves our elected officials to consider the scriptures as they work on the laws of the state. One of the Proverbs of Solomon reminds us: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) There will be many bills before Congress and not all will be according to God’s word.
A few thoughts of the Thanksgiving holiday and the thought of thanksgiving itself. When we recall the traditional teaching of the Thanksgiving day, we remember the pilgrims who wanted to give thanks to God for providing for their needs. Today in society we have some who would remove God from our lives. Some wanting to remove God from our pledge of allegiance, from our schools and communities. “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.” (Jeremiah 2:11) Scripture teaches us that when a nation rejects God, God also takes away His blessing. “But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 12:17)
Peoples’ thoughts change. Their lifestyles change. Man wants to fulfill his own desires, often in disobedience to the word of God. Yet, God’s word does not change. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The word of God is our guide. As the Psalmist writes in the 119th Psalm, verse 105: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Apostle Peter writes in his first epistle of the glory of man and how as a flower of grass will whither and fall away, but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. (1 Peter 1:24-25) May His word guide our elected officials and us the people, to do His will that we, the governed may live in peace and liberty. May we along with our elected officials always remember that our liberty is a gift of God.
As it was in the day of Moses, that the children of Israel had a place of refuge in the land of Goshen (Exodus 10: 22-23), so also today God has a kingdom here upon earth. It is a kingdom built upon a chief cornerstone which is Christ Jesus. It is a kingdom from where is preached salvation and the forgiveness of sins, not by the power of man but by the Spirit of God. It is a place where one who is troubled in heart and soul, can find peace. Saul of Tarsus found this kingdom, when with a humbled heart, asked, “Lord what will thou have me to do.“ (Acts 9:6)