Guest post by Rebecca Chaney and Darin Gaub of Restore Liberty
To America’s Pastors,
Across the centuries and prior to the founding of our nation, countries have been defined by multiple forms of government, some having implemented over thirty constitutions. This tragic pattern defines most countries except America. America has had one Constitution. Our Declaration of Independence is the most successful government document in the world, but what makes it so unique? English Philosopher, Physician, and Theologian, John Locke, cited scripture over 1,500 times in his Treatise of Government, the primary work that influenced the American Declaration of Independence. He defended Christianity and the Constitutional Republic, the Biblical form of government. He knew it was crucial to any nation’s success. Until America, a Biblical form of government had never been attempted. In America, we are Caesar!
It is amazing what a copy of God’s word can do to change the trajectory of one’s destiny. From the late 1300s to the 1600s, courageous men and women filled with spiritual conviction knew the government systems they were witnessing and oppressed by were not in alignment with Scripture. Much of the population was forbidden to have a copy of the Bible.
A lack of religious freedom led to many Christian arrests and persecutions. Persecution spreads the Gospel. These founding Pilgrim fathers and mothers knew the truth -- the rule of Christ in each life was superior to any man-made system or earthly ruler. The Pilgrims understood the sacred principle of Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Their purpose was to carry this truth to America. The Bible would become the spiritual foundation on which the future of the United States would rest. Our jurisprudence is based on the laws given to Moses on the Mount, and we must have a solid, moral background to keep tyranny at bay.
The six unchanging principles in our Declaration were inspired by Scripture. The first two speak to profound doctrine:
1. There is a Divine Creator.
2. Unalienable rights come from God. Not even the government has authority over them.
The Constitutional Republic is the highest form of republicanism, the precedent is laid out in the Old and New Testaments. Unless the true Church takes the right ground in politics as God ordained, we will lose our nation. Our Founders and Founding documents are not perfect, yet they are the closest to representing the Biblical form of government any nation has seen or experienced. We have a sacred duty to preserve the sacred gift we have been given. We must steward well the gift of freedom.
We all face a spiritual battle and that is manifested through the physical realm. This is how we carry out our sacred duty. We are citizens of Heaven, ultimately, but we are also temporary citizens of Earth, and we must “tend the garden.” As a church we’ve spent too much time on the sidelines watching our society and culture eroded by attacks from within and without. Christ gave humanity dominion over the earth until his return, and that means we must perform our sacred duty while results remain God’s.
This nation has advanced the Gospel more than any other, but sadly, the true Church has not taken the right ground in politics. We are seeing an obliteration of the church, the family, and godly leadership. Jurisdictional lines are blurred and perverted by sinister design, and we contend with an ignorant and ill-discerning populous. The true Church must understand the main areas of cultural influence from a Biblical worldview: Family, Church, Government, Business, Media, Education, Arts and Entertainment while recognizing the false doctrine systems that have crept in to destroy what God intended within those areas of influence.
By Holy design, we have Hope! God is raising up a Remnant in this new season of life! He is moving, and we are seeing Revival!
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO BRING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” -Luke 4:18.
Grab your tools, let us go boldly forth into the garden, no matter the cost.
Rebecca Chaney is the Restore Liberty Mississippi Director, a non-profit organization committed to restoring liberty and freedom in the way America’s Founders intended. She is a Lifetime Patriot Academy Constitution Coach, and she serves in a variety of consult capacities within Mississippi. Rebecca’s greatest honor is training up her children, ages ten and eight, in their seventh year of homeschooling.
Lt Col (ret), US Army, Darin Gaub is a Co-founder of Restore Liberty, an international military strategist and foreign policy analyst, an executive leadership coach, and serves on the boards of multiple volunteer national and state level organizations. He has served Christ’s Church by teaching Apologetics for 25 years.
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