FreedomBro. David Chancellor
7/1/2007 11:00 AM
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Jesus not only has saved our souls, but he also had a part in creation. God ordained that Jesus be lifted up, and we want to do that. God arranged for there to be nations. We’ve been blessed with a place where we can meet freely. We’ve been blessed with prosperity. It’s a good land. People can prosper here. We’re able to live and be what God wants us to be.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
We’re to pray for everyone everywhere. We should desire to be able to just live as God would have us to without a big fuss. God made it possible for us to live a "quiet and peaceable life." We should desire to continue what we’ve been given.
There are some things that mattered to the founders of the nation. Those freedoms have made it easier for us to live as God would have us to live. We’ve been blessed, but God didn’t bless us so that we could focus on the blessings instead of him. We can speak and stand up for the truth of the gospel. God gave us freedoms o that we can work for him. Freedom of speech is good, but you need something to say. You don’t have to fear the power of government putting you to silence. It doesn’t mean everyone will listen and agree. You still may suffer some, but at least you have the right to speak.
Freedom of religion is being able to do what God would have you to do. This doesn’t mean it will be easy. It just means that for the most part, the government won’t interfere. We have the freedom to assemble for worship and for discussion of other things. This isn’t true in every country.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
God has given us freedom to speak. Do we use it or do we waste it? God wants us to use this freedom to bring others to him.
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God and toward men.
We want to do what God would have us to do even if others call it heresy. We have the freedom to study the word of God and live it out as we understand it. Are we using our freedom to draw others to Christ? If we don’t live what we believe, other religions could come in. We may face some suffering and persecution, but we still need to lift up Christ. It’s up to us to uphold what is true and right. It’s up to us to decide which way the nation will go.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
God gave us this so that we could be benefited by it. As we gather others can see a people who serve God. It’s a way to get encouragement from others who have faced like trials. We can help each other and learn together. Meeting together helps us to press toward the goal. We want other generations to enjoy the freedoms we have.