The Cost of Freedom


FROM CORAL RIDGE
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA, THIS IS THE CORAL
RIDGE HOUR. ♪ WE COME INTO THY PRESENCE,
THIS DAY, ALMIGHTY GOD, AWARE OF OUR SHORTCOMINGS,
AWARE OF OUR SINS. BUT ALSO, AWARE OF THY
GRACE AND THY LOVE. AND WE PRAY THAT THOU WILT
COME BY THY HOLY SPIRIT AND SET BEFORE OUR EYES,
JESUS CHRIST, IN ALL OF HIS MIGHTY, WONDROUS LOVE,
THAT WE MIGHT SEE HIM WHO IS THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS,
AND FIND IN HIM, THE FORGIVENESS, THE PEACE,
THE ASSURANCE THAT ONLY HE CAN BRING. BLESS US, WE PRAY THEE, O
CHRIST, BY THY PRESENCE THIS DAY. WALK THESE AISLES AND
SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS. FOR WE ASK IT, IN THY
GLORIOUS NAME,AMEN. ♪ OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON
THIS MORNING IS TAKEN FROM THE EIGHTH CHAPTER OF THE
GOSPEL OF SAINT JOHN. WE WILL BEGIN OUR READING
WITH THE 31ST VERSE: AND MAY GOD SPEAK TO US
TODAY, THROUGH HIS HOLY WORD AND MAY HIS NAME
EVER BE PRAISED, AMEN. THE WORLD’S FINEST NEWS
COMMENTATOR, AT LEAST IN MY HUMBLE OPINION,
IS PAUL HARVEY. AND HE ONCE TOLD A
STORY ABOUT A GROUP OF SCIENTISTS WHO HAD DECIDED
THAT THEY WERE GOING TO TEACH A CHIMPANZEE
HOW TO WRITE. AND FOR 14 YEARS, THEY
LABORED INDEFATIGABLY TOWARD THAT END. AND FINALLY, THE GREAT DAY
ARRIVED WHEN THE CHIMP SEEMED TO BE ACTUALLY
FORMING LETTERS INTO WORDS; INTO AN
INTELLIGIBLE MESSAGE. THE SCIENTISTS RUSHED INTO
THE LABORATORY AND WATCHED BREATHLESSLY. AT LAST, THE DAY HAD COME. THE WORLD’S MOST PAMPERED,
BEST CARED FOR, BEST FED, BEST HOUSED, BEST TRAINED
CHIMPANZEE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND AND THE WHOLE
WORLD, WAS ABOUT TO WRITE THE FIRST MESSAGE
WRITTEN BY AN ANIMAL. THE EXCITED SCIENTISTS
PRESSED FORWARD TO CATCH THE HISTORY-MAKING
SENTENCE IT SAID, “LET ME OUTTA HERE!” (LAUGHTER) WELL, COUNTLESS MILLIONS
OF OTHER PEOPLE LIVING IN TOTALITARIAN CAGES
FOR HUMAN BEINGS IN NAZI GERMANY AND THE
SOVIET UNION, AND IN ALL OF THE VARIOUS COMMUNIST
COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING CUBA, OUR
NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR HAVE AT GREAT RISK TO LIFE AND
LIMB, SAID, “LET ME OUT OF HERE AND MANY HAVE DIED
IN THE ATTEMPT, TO GAIN LIBERTY, FREEDOM. IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS
EASILY TAKEN FOR GRANTED. IT’S LIKE THE
AIR WE BREATHE. IT’S NOT UNTIL IT’S GONE,
THAT WE EVEN THINK MUCH ABOUT IT. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, ONE OF
OUR EARLIEST PRESIDENTS, MADE A DECLARATION TO
FUTURE YEARS, AND HE SAID THIS: “POSTERITY; YOU WILL
NEVER KNOW “HOW MUCH IT HAS COST MY GENERATION
TO PROCURE YOUR FREEDOM. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE
GOOD USE OF IT.” HAVE WE? WELL, I’M AFRAID THAT
RECENT YEARS WOULD NOT TESTIFY THAT WE HAVE. I THOUGHT IT WAS
INTERESTING TO READ RECENTLY THAT THE SECOND
CONGRESS PASSED A LAW STATING THAT ALL U.S.
COINS WOULD HAVE AN IMAGE OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND
THEY HAVE COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS. AND INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT
MONARCHIES HAVE DONE, PUTTING THE FACES OF
KINGS, THEY WANTED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE
CONSTANTLY AWARE OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIBERTY,
AND EVERY TIME THEY HANDLED ANY COIN, THEY
WOULD BE REMINDED OF THE PRECIOUSNESS OF THAT
WONDERFUL GIFT AND NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. WELL, HOW HAVE WE DONE? WELL, IN THE LAST FEW
DECADES, THE LAST OF THOSE COINS DISAPPEARED. THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE
CURRENT CIRCULATED COIN WITH ANY IMAGE OF
LIBERTY UPON IT. I AM AFRAID, DEAR FRIENDS,
THAT WE ARE IN DANGER AND JEOPARDY OF LOSING THAT
WHICH WE HAVE COME TO TAKE FOR GRANTED. WE HAVE HAD A HUGE PICTURE
OF THAT SET BEFORE US RIGHT HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA
IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS. I THINK OF THE CASE OF
ELIAN GONZALES, WHOSE MOTHER GAVE HER LIFE
SAYING, “LET ME OUT OF HERE.” AND I COULDN’T HELP BUT
THINK OF GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984, THAT BOOK THAT
CAUSED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO
ACTUALLY HOLD THEIR BREATH WHEN 1984 ARRIVED, AS IF
SUDDENLY WE WERE GOING TO FIND OURSELVES IN THE
“LAND OF BIG BROTHER.” BY THE WAY, ORWELL IN HIS
YOUTH WAS A COMMUNIST-VERY SYMPATHETIC AS A BRITISH
YOUTH UNTIL HE WENT TO LIVE IN THE SOVIET UNION. HE CAME BACK ABSOLUTELY
APPALLED BY WHAT HE HAD SEEN OF THE MONSTROUS
TYRANNY OF COMMUNISM, AND HE WROTE 1984. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ,
YOU CERTAINLY SHOULD. BUT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN
SUDDENLY; IT HAPPENS GRADUALLY. THE HERO IN THERE FINALLY
ESCAPED FROM THIS TOTAL TYRANNICAL LAND IN WHICH
HE LIVED WHERE BIG BROTHER WAS WATCHING YOU AND
CONTROLLING ALL OF YOUR SPEECH AND ACTIONS AND
EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE. HE REBELLED AND HE FLED,
BUT BIG BROTHER CAUGHT UP WITH HIM AND PLACED HIM IN
ONE OF THEIR REEDUCATION PRISONS AND HE WAS
TRAINED, AND HE WAS TRAINED, UNTIL FINALLY HE
NOT ONLY SUBMITTED, BUT THE FINAL WORDS OF THE
BOOK ARE THE MOST OMINOUS OF ALL: “BIG
BROTHER, I LOVE YOU.” THAT’S WHAT CAN BE DONE
TO A HUMAN MIND, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THAT
BURNING FLAME OF LIBERTY THAT SO MOVED THE FOUNDERS
OF THIS COUNTRY? I AM AFRAID THE FLAME IS
BURNING VERY WEAKLY IN AMERICA TODAY. LIBERTY. ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID, “OUR
FATHERS BROUGHT FORTH ON THIS CONTINENT A NEW
NATION, CONCEIVED IN WHAT? IN LIBERTY. AND OUR DECLARATION SAYS
THAT NEXT TO LIFE ITSELF, THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT
WE HAVE IS “LIBERTY.” AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE
BIBLE, YOU WILL FIND WHAT MANY SCHOLARS AGREE TO BE
THE MAJOR THEME OF THE ENTIRE OLD AND
NEW TESTAMENTS. IT IS “LIBERTY, FREEDOM.” DID YOU EVER
THINK ABOUT THAT? AFTER OUR FIRST PARENTS,
BY THEIR SIN, LOST THEIR LEASE ON PARADISE, AND IN
THE BONDAGE AND TYRANNY OF SIN THEY WERE CAST OUT,
WE GO ON TO READ HOW THE PEOPLE OF GOD, BECAUSE OF
THEIR REBELLION, FOUND THEMSELVES IN SLAVERY
IN EGYPT FOR 430 YEARS. FINALLY GOD SENT A
DELIVERER AND THEY WERE RELEASED. AND LATER WE READ HOW
AGAIN THEY REBELLED AGAINST GOD AND THEY
SINNED AND DID WHAT WAS EVER RIGHT IN THEIR OWN
EYES AND NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND HIS MIGHTY HOSTS FROM
BABYLON CAME AND TOOK THEM AWAY WITH FISH HOOKS IN
THEIR LIPS AND THEY SERVED THE BABYLONIANS
FOR 70 YEARS. OR READ THE BOOK OF
JUDGES, AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE PEOPLE SINNED
AND THEY CAME INTO… INTO PRISON… THE PRISON HOUSE OF SOME
DESPOT NATION AROUND THEM AND ONE AFTER ANOTHER. AND FINALLY GOD
SENDS A DELIVERER. THEY’RE SET FREE;
THEY SIN AGAIN. THEY’RE IN PRISON. THEY LOSE THEIR LIBERTY
AND FREEDOM AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN
AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. IT’S ABSOLUTELY
INCREDIBLE. MY DAUGHTER READ THE BOOK
OF JUDGES RECENTLY AND SHE SAID, “I’M AMAZED HOW
STUPID THOSE PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN TO KEEP DOING
THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.” WE’RE DOING IT. I SAID, “JENNIFER, IT
DOESN’T HAPPEN IN THE SPACE OF TIME THAT
YOU READ THE BOOK. IT TOOK MANY, MANY YEARS.” BUT THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. TURN AWAY FROM GOD AND YOU
END UP PRISONER EITHER OF YOUR OWN SIN OR
OF SOME TYRANT. SO THE WHOLE OLD TESTAMENT
DEALS WITH THAT, AND THEN ALONG COMES THE GREAT
EMANCIPATOR, JESUS CHRIST, TO SET MEN FREE. AND WE READ WHAT HE
SAID TO THE JEWS TODAY. HE SAID, “IF THE SON
THEREFORE SHALL MAKE YOU FREE, YE SHALL BE FREE
INDEED” (JOHN 8:36 ). AND WHAT WAS
THEIR RESPONSE? IT IS ONE OF THE MOST
HUMOROUS AND IRONIC STATEMENTS TO BE FOUND
ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE, I THINK. THEY SAID, WITH A STRAIGHT
FACE, “WE BE ABRAHAM’S SEED AND HAVE NEVER BEEN
IN BONDAGE TO ANYONE.” I DON’T KNOW WHY IT
DOESN’T SAY THAT JESUS LAUGHED OUT LOUD. MAYBE BECAUSE
HE PITIED THEM. BUT THEY HAD BEEN IN
BONDAGE TO THE EGYPTIANS AND TO THE BABYLONIANS AND
TO EVERYBODY THAT CAME DOWN THE PIKE FOR MANY
CENTURIES, AND RIGHT NOW THEY WERE IN BONDAGE TO
THE ROMANS AS THEY SPOKE THOSE SILLY WORDS. BUT JESUS WAS TALKING
ABOUT THE HEART AND SOURCE OF FREEDOM AND
BONDAGE, WHICH IS SIN. AND HE SAID THAT IF WE
COMMIT SIN, WE ARE THE BOND SLAVES, THE DULAS
OF SIN. AND SO IT IS THAT SIN
INEVITABLY ENSLAVES PEOPLE, WHETHER IT BE
ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO, WHETHER IT BE COCAINE OR
CRACK, WHETHER IT BE SEX OR WHATEVER, SIN IS ALWAYS
ADDICTIVE, AND IT BRINGS PEOPLE INTO SLAVERY. AND CHRIST CAME ULTIMATELY
TO DELIVER US FROM THE BONDAGE, FROM THE
THRALL OF SIN. SHACKLES ARE
BROKEN AT CALVARY. THERE ON THE CROSS TAKING
OUR SIN AND GUILT UPON HIMSELF, CHRIST BROKE THE
CHAINS OF SIN AND SET THE PRISONERS FREE. AS ONE OF OUR OWN SAID,
FREED FROM GUILT AND FREE FROM SHAME, I’M FREE TO
SERVE AND GLORIFY HIS NAME. WITH JOY IN MY HEART AND
PEACE IN MY SOUL, EACH NEW DAY TO PLAY OUT MY ROLE. (AS ONE WHO HAS
BEEN EMANCIPATED.) DO YOU KNOW THE
EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, THE REAL EMANCIPATION
PROCLAMATION? WELL, LET ME
QUOTE IT FOR YOU. DON’T EVER FORGET IT: “SIN
SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU.” AND ONLY CHRIST COULD
BRING THAT TO PASS. AND SO CHRIST DELIVERS US
FROM THE SHACKLES OF SIN. HE DELIVERS US
FROM ITS GUILT. HE DELIVERS US
FROM A CHAIN. HE DELIVERS US FROM ITS
POWER, AND WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN, HE WILL DELIVER
US ENTIRELY FROM ITS PRESENCE, AND WE WILL
BE UTTERLY WITHOUT SIN. HOW GLORIOUS THAT IS. ONE GREAT TRUTH THAT
AMERICANS HAVE FORGOTTEN, I BELIEVE, IS THAT THE
SOURCE OF THE LIBERTY THAT WE HAVE HAS COME FROM ONE
PLACE ONLY; IT HAS COME FROM GOD; IT HAS COME FROM
CHRIST, WHO ALONE CAN MAKE PEOPLE FREE. AND EVERYWHERE THAT PEOPLE
ARE FREE, IT IS BECAUSE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN
WILLING TO PUT IT ON THE LINE AND TO STAND UP
BEFORE THE TYRANT AND SAY, “NO FARTHER
SHALT THOU GO.” HAVING BEEN MADE FREE IN
THEIR SOULS THAT CREATES AN IRRESISTIBLE URGE
FOR CIVIL AND POLITICAL FREEDOM, ESPECIALLY
WHEREVER THE PURE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THE
REFORMED GOSPEL OF CHRIST IN ALL OF ITS EMPHASIS
UPON GRACE AND THE CROSS-WHEREVER THAT HAS
GONE, IT HAS BEEN FOLLOWED BY CIVIL AND
POLITICAL LIBERTY. YOU KNOW, WE TAKE IT SO
MUCH FOR GRANTED, AND YET VERY FEW NATIONS IN THE
WORLD REALLY ENJOY IT. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY? WE THINK THAT IS
JUST A COMMONPLACE. MY FRIEND, I WANT YOU TO
REMEMBER THAT UNTIL THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES WAS SIGNED, RELIGIOUS LIBERTY HAD
NEVER EXISTED IN ANY NATION ON EARTH. THE HIGHEST IT HAD EVER
RISEN WAS IN ENGLAND WHERE THEY HAD RELIGIOUS
“TOLERATION,” BUT THAT IS ALL. AND WE ARE VERY QUICKLY
THROWING OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OVERBOARD AND YOU
SHOULD ALSO REMEMBER THAT WHEN RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
GOES, OTHER LIBERTIES FOLLOW. THERE ARE MANY IN OUR
COUNTRY THAT HAVE SUNK SO FAR BELOW RELIGIOUS
LIBERTY THAT THEY ARE NOT EVEN UP TO THE ELEMENT
OF RELIGIOUS TOLERATION. THERE ARE MANY IN THIS
COUNTRY TODAY THAT WON’T EVEN TOLERATE
RELIGION-MOST ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANITY. I THINK, FOR EXAMPLE, OF
A FEDERAL JUDGE, JENNIFER COFFMAN, WHO WROTE A
TWENTY-TWO PAGE ORDER IN LONDON, KENTUCKY, THAT
GRANTED THE ACLU’S MOTION TO GET RID OF A NUMBER OF
OFFENSIVE DOCUMENTS WHICH WERE IN THE COURTS OF
KENTUCKY, AND IN THE SCHOOLHOUSES AS WELL. AND WHAT WERE THESE
DESPICABLE, TERRIBLE DOCUMENTS THAT WERE
UN-AMERICAN AND COULD NOT BE ALLOWED. WELL, THERE WAS ·ABRAHAM
LINCOLN’S STATEMENT THAT THE BIBLE IS THE BEST GIFT
THAT GOD HAS EVER GIVEN TO MAN.” · THEN THERE WAS THAT
UN-AMERICAN DOCUMENT, THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT, THE
BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF AMERICA. ·PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN’S
PROCLAMATION OF THE YEAR OF THE BIBLE IN 1983. ·THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. ·THE SENTENCE
OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE
SELF-EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT
THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN
INALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT COULD NOT BE ALLOWED. AND SO ALL OF THOSE
WERE STRUCK DOWN. AND AGAIN, RECENTLY,
13 YEAR OLD 7TH GRADER AMBER AND HER SISTER ANGELA,
15 YEAR OLD 8TH GRADER WERE BROUGHT TO TEARS
AS THEY TOOK THEIR BIBLES AND DISPOSED OF
THEM AND THREATENED THEM THAT THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES WOULD BE CALLED BECAUSE THIS WAS ILLEGAL. AND BIBLES WERE NOT
ALLOWED ON THE CAMPUS. AND THE TEACHER POINTED
TO THE BIBLES AND SAID, “THIS IS GARBAGE.” YES, MY FRIENDS, RELIGIOUS
LIBERTY IS IN JEOPARDY IN AMERICA TODAY, IN SPITE OF
THE FACT THAT THE FOUNDER OF OUR COUNTRY, GEORGE
WASHINGTON, SAID THAT RELIGION AND MORALITY ARE
THE TWIN PILLARS UPON WHICH GOVERNMENT RESTS. AND, SAID WASHINGTON, “LET
NOT THAT MAN CLAIM THE TITLE OF PATRIOT WHO
LABORS TO UNDERMINE THOSE PILLARS.” YET TODAY THAT IS EXACTLY
WHAT IS HAPPENING. YOU CANNOT PUT UP A CRÈCHE
OR A CROSS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. THE ACLU HAS SEEN TO THAT. AND YET, THE NATIONAL
ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, FUNDED BY YOUR TAX
DOLLARS, HAS SAID THAT IT WAS ALL RIGHT TO DISPLAY A
CRUCIFIX IN AN ART DISPLAY THAT WAS BEING PROMOTED BY
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT. OH, ONE… ONE THING, IT
WAS A CRUCIFIX… A PHOTOGRAPH OF A CRUCIFIX
IMMERSED IN A JAR OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S URINE. YES, THAT KIND OF CROSS OR
CRUCIFIX AMERICA ALLOWS, AND YOU PAY FOR,
BUT NOTHING ELSE. HOW TRAGIC THAT IS. I THINK OF THE FATHER OF
MODERN EDUCATION, JOHN DEWEY, THE FATHER OF
MODERN PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION, WHO IS SO
LIONIZED IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY AND HAS BEEN FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS, AND YET DEWEY AND THE
VARIOUS LEADERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION
MOVEMENT HAVE SAID, “THERE IS NO GOD
AND THERE IS NO SOUL. HENCE, THERE ARE NO
NEEDS FOR THE PROPS OF TRADITIONAL RELIGION. WITH DOGMA AND CREED
EXCLUDED, THEN IMMUTABLE TRUTH IS ALSO
DEAD AND BURIED. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR FIXED
NATURAL LAW OR MORAL ABSOLUTES. AND THAT HAS BEEN THE
BASIS OF ALL OF THE GREAT ADVANCES OF OUR MODERN
PUBLIC EDUCATION. PROFESSOR JACQUES BARZUN,
AN EMINENT EDUCATOR AND AUTHOR, SAID IN THE NEW
YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: “THE ONCE PROUD AND EFFICIENT
PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS BECOME A WASTELAND
WHERE VIOLENCE AND VICE SHARE THE TIME WITH
IGNORANCE AND IDLENESS.” AND THE RESULT: WE HAVE
AT LEAST 40 MILLION ILLITERATES IN AMERICA
THAT HAVE BEEN TURNED OUT BY THESE SCHOOLS. IT IS NOT ONLY UNSAFE FOR
THE CHILDREN TO GO THERE, SHOULD THEY SURVIVE THE
DRUGS AND THE OTHER THINGS, THEY MAY VERY
EASILY BE KILLED, AS RECENT EVENTS HAVE SHOWN. AND WE HAVE SEEN HOW UNSAFE
IT IS EVEN FOR TEACHERS. YES, THESE ARE THE RESULTS
OF GODLESSNESS IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THAT STATEMENT MADE BY
DEWEY COULD JUST AS EASILY HAVE COME OUT OF THE MOUTH
OF HITLER OR MARX OR ANYONE ELSE LIKE THAT. BY THE WAY, I ASKED
SOMEONE TODAY, “WHAT WAS COMMUNISM ALL ABOUT? WHAT WERE THEY
TRYING TO DO?” WAS IT SOMETHING TO
DO WITH ECONOMICS?” HE WASN’T REALLY SURE. AND I SAID, “WELL, LET ME
GIVE IT TO YOU FROM THE LIPS OF KARL MARX HIMSELF. WHEN ASKED BY A REPORTER
WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO DO, HE SAID THAT HE WAS
ATTEMPTING TO DETHRONE GOD AND DESTROY CAPITALISM. NOTICE THE ORDER
OF PRIORITY. YES, MY FRIENDS, I THINK
AMERICANS HAVE COME TO THE PLACE WHERE THEY TAKE
THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FAR TOO MUCH FOR GRANTED. AND TODAY MANY PEOPLE LOOK
UPON RELIGION AS AN EVIL, NOT EVEN TO BE TOLERATED,
BUT TO BE REMOVED. LET ME TELL YOU THE STORY
OF TWO REVOLUTIONS-THE FRENCH AND THE AMERICAN. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
TOOK PLACE IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE
FRENCH REVOLUTION. THEY WERE ENCOURAGED BY
OUR SUCCESS AND SET OUT TO DO THE SAME. BUT THEY APPROACHED IT
FROM AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT DIRECTION. DE TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE
TOCQUEVILLE, THE FAMOUS FRENCH PHILOSOPHER AND
HISTORIAN, CAME OVER HERE AND DESCRIBED
THE DIFFERENCE. HE SAID, THAT THE AMERICAN
REVOLUTION WAS BUILT UPON GOD AND CHRIST AND
THE SCRIPTURES. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION WAS
ANTI-GOD, ANTI-CHRIST, AND ANTI-SCRIPTURE. THE RESULT: THE AMERICAN
REVOLUTION WAS A GLORIOUS SUCCESS PRODUCING THE
FREEST NATION THE WORLD HAD EVER SEEN. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION WAS
AN UNMITIGATED HORROR. MY FRIENDS, IT BEGINS IN
THE HEART WHEN CHRIST SETS US FREE FROM SIN. SHACKLES ARE BROKEN AT
CALVARY AND ONLY THERE, AND WHEN THAT FREEDOM
COMES, IT WILL GIVE US A GREAT DESIRE FOR THE CIVIL
AND POLITICAL FREEDOMS THAT MEN NEED AS WELL. WOULD THAT THAT
FLAME OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY THAT BURNS
SO BRIGHTLY IN THE HEARTS OF OUR FOUNDERS
COULD BE FANNED INTO A FLAME AGAIN IN AMERICA. I SAID SOME YEARS AGO TO A
YOUNG LADY, “YOU KNOW, AS PATRICK HENRY SAID,” AND
SHE SAID, “PATRICK WHO?” I SAID, “PATRICK HENRY.” SHE SAID, “WHO’S THAT?” THE PRODUCT OF OUR
PUBLIC SCHOOLS. PATRICK HENRY’S SENTIMENTS
ARE SO OPPOSED TO THE “BETTER RED THAN DEAD”
SENTIMENTS THAT WERE POPULAR A FEW YEARS AGO
AND TO THE APATHY TOWARD LIBERTY AND FREEDOM THAT
SO TYPIFIES OUR NATION THAT HE HAS BEEN REMOVED
FROM THE TEXTBOOKS. NEITHER HIS LIFE NOR WORD
IS TAUGHT IN MANY OF THE HISTORIES OF
AMERICA TODAY. AND THAT, INDEED,
IS TRAGIC. HE WAS THE GREAT ELOQUENT
TONGUE OF THE REVOLUTION. PATRICK HENRY LITERALLY
IGNITED THE SPARK THAT STARTED THE REVOLUTION
THAT PROCURED OUR FREEDOM AND MILLIONS IN AMERICA
TODAY NEVER EVEN HEARD OF HIM. HE WAS SIX TIMES ELECTED
THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, AND IN THAT MEMORABLE DAY
IN THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES IN VIRGINIA, WHEN THE
WAR HAD ALREADY BEGUN UP AROUND BOSTON, THE “SHOT
HEARD ROUND THE WORLD” HAD BEEN FIRED. AMERICANS WERE DYING IN
THE STREETS, BUT MOST OF AMERICA WAS NOT WILLING
TO GET INTO THE FIGHT. THEY WERE CRYING, “WE
MUST HAVE PEACE, PEACE. YOU WILL BRING DEATH AMONG
US IF YOU OPT FOR WAR. WE ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH. ENGLAND IS THE MIGHTIEST
NATION WITH THE GREATEST ARMY AND NAVY IN
ALL OF THE WORLD. WE CANNOT POSSIBLY
TAKE ON SUCH A FOE.” AND FINALLY, PATRICK
HENRY, THIS LONG, LANKY FELLOW UNFOLDED HIMSELF
AND ROSE TO HIS FEET, AND I HAVE STOOD IN THE VERY
PEW IN THAT HOUSE OF BURGESSES WHERE HE GAVE
THAT SPEECH AND I WAS FILLED WITH A CERTAIN
SENSE OF AWE. AND HE BEGAN, WE ARE TOLD
BY EYEWITNESSES, VERY SOFTLY. HE SAID: THEY TELL US
SIR, THAT WE ARE WEAK; UNABLE TO COPE WITH SO
FORMIDABLE AN ADVERSARY. BUT WHEN SHALL WE BE
STRONGER-NEXT WEEK, OR NEXT YEAR? WILL IT BE WHEN WE ARE
TOTALLY DISARMED AND A BRITISH GUARD HAS BEEN
STATIONED IN EVERY HOME. SHALL WE GATHER STRENGTH
BY IRRESOLUTION AND INACTION? SHALL WE ACQUIRE THE MEANS
OF EFFECTUAL RESISTANCE BY SIMPLY LYING SUPINELY
UPON OUR BACKS AND HUGGING THE DELUSIVE
PHANTOM OF HOPE, UNTIL THEY HAVE BOUND
US HAND AND FEET. AND THOUGH HE BEGINS
SOFTLY, BY THE TIME HE HAD FINISHED THEY SAID THAT IT
SEEMED THAT THE WALLS AND RAFTERS RANG WITH HIS
WORDS AND THUNDERBOLTS SEEMED TO STRIKE AMONG THE
PEOPLE-THESE PEOPLE THAT WERE SO FEARFUL OF
ENGAGING IN THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE. AND FINALLY, WHEN HE HAD
COMPLETED THIS SPEECH, THE PEOPLE WERE
ABSOLUTELY STUNNED. THEY HAD MOVED UP ON THEIR
SEATS; THEY WERE STRAINING THEIR NECKS. THEIR EYES WERE STARING. THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE
WHAT THEY WERE HEARING. AND FINALLY, WHEN HE
COMPLETED, THERE WAS SILENCE TOTAL SILENCE. NOBODY MOVED. NOBODY EVEN BREATHED,
AND AFTER A LONG SILENCE, A CRY RANG OUT
AGAIN AND AGAIN. “TO ARMS! TO ARMS!” AND THE AMERICAN
REVOLUTION BEGAN WITH A CHRISTIAN MAN WHO WAS
WILLING TO PUT IT ON THE LINE, IN WHOSE HEART
THERE BLAZED THE FLAME OF FREEDOM AND HE CONTINUED
AND CONCLUDED. THERE IS A JUST GOD WHO
PRESIDES OVER THE DESTINY OF NATIONS, WHO WILL RAISE
UP FRIENDS TO FIGHT OUR BATTLES FOR US. AND THE BATTLE, SIR, IS
NOT TO THE STRONG ALONE; BUT ALSO TO THE VIGILANT,
THE ACTIVE, THE BRAVE. BESIDES, WE HAVE
NO ELECTION. IF WE WERE BASE ENOUGH TO
CHOOSE IT, IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO RETIRE
FROM THE CONTEST. THERE IS NO RETREAT EXCEPT
IN SUBMISSION AND SLAVERY. OUR CHAINS ARE FORGED! THEIR CLANKING MAY BE HEAD
UPON THE PLAINS OF BOSTON! THE WAR IS INEVITABLE-AND
LET IT COME! I REPEAT IT,
SIR, LET IT COME. IT IS IN VAIN, SIR, TO
EXTENUATE THIS MATTER. GENTLEMEN MAY CRY, PEACE,
PEACE-BUT THERE IS NO PEACE. THE WAR IS ACTUALLY BEGUN! THE NEXT GALE THAT SWEEPS
FROM THE NORTH WILL BRING TO OUR EARS THE CLASH
OF RESOUNDING ARMS. OUR BRETHREN ARE
ALREADY IN THE FIELD. WHY STAND WE HERE IDLE? WHAT IS IT THAT
GENTLEMEN WISH? WHAT WILL THEY HAVE? IS LIFE SO DEAR, OR
PEACE SO SWEET, AS TO BE PURCHASED AT THE PRICE
OF CHAINS AND SLAVERY? FORBID IT, ALMIGHTY GOD! I KNOW NOT WHAT COURSE
OTHERS MAY TAKE; BUT AS FOR ME, GIVE ME LIBERTY
OR GIVE ME DEATH! (APPLAUSE) O GOD, MAY THE FLAME AND
PASSION FOR LIBERTY THAT CHRIST HAS LIGHTED IN THE
HEARTS OF ALL OF THOSE WHOM HE HAS DELIVERED BY
HIS OWN BLOOD AND FANNED BY HIS SPIRIT. O GOD, MAY THAT PASSION
FOR LIBERTY RISE UP AGAIN AND LIKE A GREAT WILDFIRE,
SPREAD ACROSS THIS NATION THAT WE WILL TURN FROM
LICENSE TO TRUE LIBERTY AND RESTORE THE GODLINESS
THAT IS THE ONLY FOUNDATION FOR IT. WE ASK IN THE NAME OF
HIM, WHO IS THE GREAT EMANCIPATOR, JESUS
CHRIST, AMEN. ♪ I’M ROB PACIENZA, SENIOR
PASTOR OF CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
WHICH WAS FOUNDED BY DR. KENNEDY. I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU A
QUESTION THAT HE OFTEN ASKED PEOPLE. HAVE YOU COME TO THE PLACE
IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE WHERE YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN
THAT WHEN YOU DIE YOU’LL BE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN,
OR WOULD YOU SAY, YOU’RE STILL WORKING ON THAT? THE BIBLE TELLS US, “TODAY
IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.” IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE
ASSURANCE THAT WHEN YOU DIE, YOU’LL GO TO HEAVEN,
THEN I HAVE THE BEST NEWS YOU COULD EVER HEAR. YOU SEE, HEAVEN
IS A FREE GIFT. WE CAN’T EARN IT AND WE
DON’T DESERVE IT BECAUSE OF OUR SIN-AND WE’RE ALL
SINNERS WHO HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF GOD’S
PERFECT STANDARD. ONLY JESUS LIVED A PERFECT
LIFE WHICH IS WHY HE COULD DIE ON THE CROSS AND PAY
THE PENALTY FOR OUR SINS – A PENALTY WE
COULD NEVER PAY. BUT JESUS DIED AND THEN
ROSE AGAIN THREE DAYS LATER AND NOW HE OFFERS US
THE FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE WHICH WE RECEIVE BY
TRUSTING IN HIM ALONE. NO AMOUNT OF GOOD DEEDS,
COULD EVER EARN US HEAVEN – IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS. IF YOU’D LIKE TO RECEIVE
THIS GIFT AND KNOW PEACE WITH GOD IN THIS LIFE AND
THE NEXT, PRAY THIS PRAYER WITH ME RIGHT NOW. “LORD, JESUS CHRIST, I
KNOW THAT I AM A SINNER IN NEED OF A SAVIOR AND I
THANK YOU FOR DYING TO PAY THE PENALTY FOR MY SINS. I ASK YOU TO FORGIVE ME
AND GIVE ME A NEW HEART WITH RIGHT DESIRES SO THAT
I MAY LIVE FOR YOU AND YOU ALONE. I PLACE MY TRUST IN YOU,
IT’S IN YOUR NAME I PRAY, AMEN.” IF YOU JUST PRAYED THAT
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