The Erosion of Liberties
by Zeal Clark
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Liberty is based on freedom, and is defined as the quality or state of being free, or the power to do as one pleases. It’s also defined as the freedom from arbitrary or despotic control, or, as the power of choice.
Christianity, unlike some religions, especially those based on the Quran, is based on liberty, which is found in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul states the principle of liberty in Christ in II Corinthians 3:17:
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. NKJV
He further declares in Galatians 5:1 that the goal of Christians should be to embrace this liberty and not be brought again into bondage:
Gal. 5:1 Gal 5:1-2 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. NKJV
Those religions that are not based on liberty impose restrictions that are often severe on their members. Those restrictions, especially in Muslim countries that worship based on the Quran, are usually quite severe and the penalties for violating them are often also quite severe, up to and including death for those who violate some of their religious laws.
In contrast, Paul is declaring that faith in Christ establishes our rights to liberty in Christ whereby we have been set free by our faith and can enjoy a freedom from fear of separation from our relationship with Him. We are to cling to this assurance and not become fearful of those who would attempt to intimidate us by accusations of false worship or attempts to revile against our beliefs.
And then James admonishes us in James 2:12 therefore to conduct ourselves according to the law of liberty:
12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. NKJV
James continues in James 1:23-25:
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. NKJV
These declarations define our rights to liberty in Christ. Christians have been provided by our acceptance of Christ as Savior liberties that cannot be rescinded by physical attempts by man, including any attempts by our culture or our government to do so. If we stand fast on our liberties by declaring in our hearts not to be intimidated by such attempts, God will honor His Word and protect our relationship with Him and no man can separate us from that protection.
But while our liberties in Christ are protected, our liberties in our society are steadily eroding. By any standard of measurement it should be clear that what we are experiencing is a system of rapidly-declining liberties that is not at all accidental or incidental, but is contrived in order to bring about a system of control within our nation. The impetus for these changes is such that, as a boulder rolling down a hillside, the further it goes the faster and more unstoppable it becomes. If it’s not already too late, soon our liberties will be irretrievably lost.
Many, especially those who have studied American History, realize that both our nation and our Constitution were formed based on the promise of liberty and justice for all. Both of these concepts are quickly becoming only a memory, as both are under attack by a government that is determined to change our entire system of government. But it’s important to note that the concepts of liberty and justice are inseparable. Therefore, as our liberties are removed, so are our expectations for justice to be provided in our nation.
The prophet Jeremiah addressed in Jeremiah 34:15-18 the issue of a nation that was based on liberty and then rescinded those liberties and converted to a system of control of its citizens:
15 Then you recently turned and did what was right in My sight--every man proclaiming liberty to his neighbor; and you made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name.
16 Then you turned around and profaned My name, and every one of you brought back his male and female slaves, whom he had set at liberty, at their pleasure, and brought them back into subjection, to be your male and female slaves.'
17 "Therefore thus says the LORD: 'You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother and every one to his neighbor. Behold, I proclaim liberty to you,' says the LORD--'to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine! And I will deliver you to trouble among all the kingdoms of the earth. NKJV
As Jeremiah prophesied to the people of Israel in this passage, the same could be prophesied for America relevant to its treatment of those who were once enjoyed freedom based on a freedom-based society as declared in our Constitution. Since it seems to be the intent of this government to displace our Constitution with an unwritten set of ideals known only by those in power, the rest of the nation can only guess what is secretly being planned beyond what seems to be obvious, that our liberties are destined for extinction.
We have seen a gradual displacement of our liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and a more recent rapid increase of power decisions within our government that are in violation of our Constitution. Edicts are being issued by our president and supported by our Congress that should have been made according to Constitutional Law. Instead, without appropriate resistance to these edicts by those with authority to do so, they are being instituted as though they are in accordance with our Constitution. As a result, America is becoming a government that is controlled by a few, rather than controlled by the people, as was declared in our Constitution. The concept of government for the people by the people is being replaced by government by the government against the people.
Since the primary motivations seem to be re-election of those in power and complete control of the citizens, we are subjected to constant surveillance of our activities by our government, as exposed by those who have come forth to reveal this activity. In response to the release of this previously-secret information, those with the audacity to make such revelations have been relegated to a life of either constant harassment, or worse, exiled to other countries to prevent their arrests and prosecution for nothing other than exposing what is being done in secret.
This erosion of liberties is especially true for those who were “set free” from physical slavery, to ultimately be placed under a system of dependence on governmental sustenance: Those who were brought to this country as slaves and later declared to be free have since seen their descendants funneled into a system of slavery that is so deceitful that most of them don’t realize their predicament. Being programmed to believe that our government is protecting and providing for their special needs, they have been relegated to a condition of dependence that prevents them from advancing into true equality with those who are actually succeeding economically from their own efforts.
This is an especially cruel form of deceitful cancellation of liberties, for after having been victimized initially, they are again the victims of this cruelty. Unfortunately, they are not alert to the “something for nothing” scam, as too many of them cannot be convinced of the reality of their predicament.
America needs to remember that the concepts of liberty and justice are inseparable. Hidden in the loss of our liberties is the concurrent loss of our justice system. There can be no fair and equitable justice in a system where there is a deficit of liberty.
For Christians, we must remember that, although we have been given liberty in Christ by our relationship with Christ, we still are subjected to the same loss of physical liberties as others in our natural environment. The erosion of liberties created by our government will affect us as well.
But then, those who have studied end-times prophecy should recognize this as a fulfillment of prophecy for the end-times, for which we should be preparing.
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