The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#79 Let Freedom Ring!                                                                                July 4, 2010

On this date in 1776, fifty-six men gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It was a group of merchants, jurists, farmers, plantation owners, family men, fathers; all successful, all respected within their local communities and the states they represented.  Their’s was not a spontaneous gathering.  It was the outcome of years of failure at having their grievances addressed by those who ruled them.  They gathered that day to assert the rights of the people they represented to choose life over mere existence, liberty over tyranny and happiness over the daily drudgery of marching in lockstep to the collective and depraved will of  despots.  Therefore they affixed their signatures to what they called “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,” and which we call “The Declaration of Independence.”

That little group of just common men did something that had never occurred in the political history of the western world.  They declared the rights they were asserting were given to them by the One True God
¾not by pope or potentate or any other human or any other god¾but the One True God.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” they said, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  In the last sentence of their Declaration they boldly pledged their reliance on the help of the One True God in their cause.  “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

In September of 1787 the Constitution of our country was ratified.  The Constitution of the United States of America is the basic law of our government and governing.  It is to be interpreted and applied in harmony with the Declaration of Independence. 

A few years later, because of the great concern on the part of the citizenry and of the Congress that the Constitution might be wrongly interpreted and the rights of the citizenry infringed upon, certain amendments to the Constitution were proposed which would specify in detail the rights and the liberties which it guaranteed.  In 1791 Ten Amendments to the Constitution were ratified.  Although other Amendments followed, these Ten have become known as the Bill of RightsThe first part of the First Amendment is very significant.

Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Isn’t it noteworthy that the very first part of that First Amendment clarifies and specifies the absolute right and the free exercise of that right that we the citizens of the United States have to love, to worship, and to serve the One True God if we so choose? 

No nation of people can survive without government.  But the true and most basic role of any government is to establish and maintain a political environment where the citizens can gain a knowledge of the One True God and of all of His Will in the accomplished work of His Son, Jesus Christ, if they so choose. 

To mandate by law that each citizen become a Christian and believe the Bible would be an aberration and a perversion of God’s Will in the Grace Administration.  But to ensure that each individual could have the free will choice to believe God’s Word, that the Lord Jesus Christ made possible by his sacrifice and by God having raised him from the dead, is the greatest of all freedoms that any government can provide.

Our Founding Fathers spelled out our right to religious freedom and to freely exercise that right in the very first part of the First Amendment.  That makes that right, that freedom
¾first and foremost and primary.

By God’s mercy and grace, we can still, although barely, exercise our Constitutional right to choose to believe God’s Word in this country of ours today.  That is our most precious freedom.  No other country in the world was founded on such a freedom.  No other country in the world guarantees by Constitutional law such a freedom to its citizens. 

Our Founding Fathers established a government under which each citizen would have the right, among others, to love and to worship and to serve the One True God.  For that exemplary accomplishment, I am very truly thankful.

May that, our greatest and most precious freedom, be freely and vigorously exercised by we the people of these United States of America. 

Let that freedom ring!

© Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893