Have you ever been to Philadelphia and visited Independence Hall? It’s a surreal feeling to walk the halls where many of the heroes of this nation walked and to stand in the room where America was born. In the Assembly Room sits George Washington’s chair, which is engraved with half of a sun. During the Continental Convention, Benjamin Franklin used to look at that sun and wonder, “Is it a rising sun or a setting sun?” In other words, will this enormous endeavor, this war, be the start of something new or the end of a hopeful dream? When the Revolutionary War ended and America had won, Franklin resolved that it was indeed a rising sun, representing the birth of this great nation.
About one week before this article was written, the Supreme Court made a decision for this country that is simply did not have the authority to make according to our constitution. They are a group of non-elected, non-law-making officials, who made a law that should be left to the individual states. The colonists went to WAR for less tyranny than this. When I found out that the decision had been made, i felt stunned and filled with a heavy despair much akin to what I felt in the wake of 9-11. Except this time it was not foreign terrorists threatening our freedom but our own leaders. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick,” and when I think about the future of our nation, my heart feels SICK. Does yours?
But I am reminded of a beautiful truth about freedom from John 8. Verses 32 & 36 say, “And ye shall know the truth, and the TRUTH shall make you free…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” This verse makes me want to shout for joy!! It is CHRIST who makes us free, not the government, not the constitution, not this beautiful nation with “spacious skies and amber waves of grain.”
In verse 34, Jesus tells the crowd of believers, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” If we are living in the truth, dealing with our sin, and enjoying the grace and forgiveness of God, then we are not the ones who are enslaved. The precious souls that are blinded by the angel of light, the ones who feel they have won a great victory of freedom, THEY are the ones who are slaves. Let us seek God passionately to learn how to love the sinner without condoning the sin.
“And now these three remain: faith,hope, and love…” May our faith be in our sovereign and eternal God. May our hope be, not in the “rising sun” of the greatness that this country was built upon, but in the risen Son, our unchanging Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And may our love be for the truth of God’s Word and for the lost souls of this nation. And friends, let us rejoice for eternity awaits us. Let us REJOICE!!
“The prospects are as bright as the promises of God.” -Adoniram Judson