“The Foundations of Freedom”
Psalms 11:3 - "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
These are but three stories of the more than 2.5 millions who have died in wars. What motivates these brave men and women to put themselves in harms way? What is there about America that young people volunteer to go to foreign land to fight for their nation?
ONE WORD – FREEDOM!
The American spirit is portrayed in Patrick Henry declaring, “Give me liberty or give me death!
It was resident in the hearts and minds of the Founding Fathers who pledged to one another “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in order to create a nation God could bless its inhabitants with freedom. And they won freedom but most of them lost their fortunes and died penniless – But Free!
True freedom never comes apart from God. Our Forefathers understood and acknowledged that vital truth. That is why when they establish this land they made sure that America was build on solid foundations from the Word of God.
As you read through these principles I want you to do a couple of things. First, try to capture the heart and mind of the Founding Fathers and ask yourself where we might be as a nation if we still had leaders like them. Second, compare this standard of excellence and prescription for greatness to the standards and expectations of our day.
I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR FREEDOM.
John 8:32 - "And ye shall know the Truth, and the truth shall make you free."
It is important to know that we are living for the same principles that millions of brave Americans have and are – dying for. And what better day to do that than Memorial Day?
A clear understanding of the truths of life, morality, honesty and social order are best found in the Holy Bible. The teachings of no other document more plainly describe the principles upon which nations build a civilized society.
These Biblical principles have come to be known as the Judeo-Christian Ethic. And although they are numerous and found throughout the Bible, we will look at seven of the most basic ones that have undoubtedly served as foundations for our great nation.
1. THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE.
Genesis 2:7 - “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Exodus 20:13 - "You shall not murder"
Matthew 22:39 - "...You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Our very Founding Document guarantees every person: "the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness..."
2. THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY.
Genesis 2:23-24 - The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
God instituted the traditional family defined as one man and one woman. If this marriage is blessed with children, those children have the rights to a godly and secure home with a Dad and Mom.
3. THE NATIONAL WORK ETHIC.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 - “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “Anyone who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Meaning that people should work for their own livelihood and the welfare of others. We are not to be dependant upon the government for our livelihood.
4. THE RIGHT TO A GOD-CENTERED EDUCATION.
Ephesians 6:4 – “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Our forefathers knew this was right so they established institutions like Harvard...Princeton....Yale as religious schools of learning. This does not mean that all school should be Christian, but it does mean the recognition of the Creator God.
5. THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT.
Genesis 12:1-3 – “The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Meaning that a Nation under God was a nation which was especially blessed above all the nations of the world. The Founders believed that God would bless the nation that would serve and obey Him.
6. THE PRINCIPLE OF COMMON DECENCY.
Matthew 22:39 - "And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Americans have been known as a people who do the decent thing. Our Statue of Liberty has upon it the Words of Emma Lazarus:
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
7. OUR PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD.
Hebrews 9:27 – “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”
The Bible clearly teaches that people and nations are accountable to God! He Who blesses also judges!
It is said that the brilliant statesman Daniel Webster was once asked,
"Mr. Webster what greatest thought ever passed your mind?" To which he replied, "My personal accountability to God."
The Founding Fathers knew that these and other principles of Scripture are essential for the preservation of our national freedom. Ask yourself where we would be today as a nation if we still honored and observed these prinicples.
II. THE FATHER OF FREEDOM
“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.” Leviticus 25:10
This phrase, “proclaim liberty throughout the land” is inscribed on the Liberty Bell at Freedom Hall in Philadelphia.
Upon our coinage is stamped these words: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" It is Latin meaning: "From Many -- One" America is nation of ones. For the Land to be free, the people must be free!
Our Constitution declares we were established:
"To secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and those who would follow."
Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address declared our nation to have been, "conceived in liberty".
“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” Alexis de Tocqueville. He also said, “America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good she will cease to be great.”
I would substitute the word “godly” for the word “good” and whole-heartedly agree.
When Francis Scott Key wrote the second verse to the Star-Spangled Banner, he knew what he was writing.
"Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand,
Between their loved homes and wars desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when because it is just;
And this be our motto: "In God is our Trust."
And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave.
O’re the land of the free and the home of the brave."
That is the message of the Gospel. Jesus told us the reason He had come into the world to set men free. Certainly Christ is greatest Freedom Fighter this world has ever known!
Galatians 5:1 - "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free..."
Romans 8:2 - "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from law of sin and death."
Have you been set free by Christ? You can make your eternal proclamation of Freedom today. Give your heart to Jesus and let him become your Savior and Lord. Allow Him to Set You Free!
FREE FROM SIN
Have you been saved from your sins? Have you been sanctified and delivered from sin?
FREE IN THE SPIRIT
Live, love and lavish in the power and freedom of being Spriti-controlled.
FREE FROM SELF
The worst sort of bondage is the self-inflicted bondage from our sinful deception and desires.
Do You Know Freedom From Sin?
Do You Know Freedon In the Spirit?
The Foundations of Freedom Are From God’s Word Because Freedom Is From God
Freedom Is Worth Dying For Because It Is Worth Living For
"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
It is obvious by now that the timeless foundations upon which our beloved freedom has been built is now under direct attack by the very institutions that the Founding Fathers intended to protect them. Our rights and freedoms are eroding on nearly a daily basis. Is it too lake to stop the disintigration of these principles before the foundation crumbles under our feet?
There ARE some things that you can do to firm up the foundation of your freedoms, but they must soon and they must be done daily. Will you join me in the task of restoring our moral values that made us the greatest nations on the face of the earth!
HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Develop a Strong Faith - Live these principles every day!
Develop a Strong Family - Instill these truths in your children.
Strengthen Your Finances - Work to get debt-free and save so you can be financially free - able to help others.
Strengthen Your Fellowship - Serve, pray, and support your local church so the Spirit has freedom there.
Freedom is fragile and it isn't free. It is rooted and grounded in divine truth! Love His truth! Live in His truth. Lobby for His truth. And, if necessary, die defending it!