Regardless of where you get your news, we all are acutely aware of the multitude of things happening across the country with Religious Liberty challenges. With that in mind, the information KrisAnne provided in her book “Sovereign Duty” is on point. Allow me to share some of what she wrote…
"Sovereign Duty" by KrisAnne Hall
A prominent media personality has said that God never calls someone to act in anger. If that’s so we must ignore the fact that in John 2:15 Jesus himself got angry at the money changers in the temple and made a whip and began overturning tables driving people out of the temple…
Although the Bible teaches that anger without cause is akin to murder, anger itself is not a sin. If this were not so, then Jesus sinned in the temple that day and God the Father also sinned, as the Bible is replete with testimony of God’s anger and the expression of His wrath as well as Him directing His people to act with lethal force to carry out justice (certainly in the Old Testament). But that anger was never without cause. There was a REASON for that anger.
There is a right to resist oppression inherent in our nature as free people. It should make us angry when abuses, usurpations, and oppressions remove the Liberty that has been given to us by God. The framers of this nation knew this, and so did David when he fought Goliath, Elijah when he challenged King Ahab for stealing Naboth’s vineyard, Nathan when he challenged King David for his sin with Bathsheba, Samuel when he challenged King Saul for his disobedience to God. So did Hebrew nursemaids when they refused to carry out government mandated abortions, Daniel when he refused to eat the Kings meat or to stop praying, the Hebrew boys when they resisted the executive order to bow to idols, the Apostles when they refused the local authorities’ order to stop preaching the Gospel.
Resistance to tyranny is the DUTY of a Liberty loving, God-honoring people. I simply have to sigh at the premise offered by some in positions of authority and influence when they attempt to appear knowledgeable about certain events in history or certain perspectives of the framers and yet profess that revolution, secession or resistance is a form of lawlessness and rebellion. The notion that those who are taking a stand are godless rebels, seems to me to ignore the numerous examples of resistance to civil authority we find in the Scriptures. God did not make it a sin to resist tyranny. God made it clear he wants us to submit to LAWFUL AUTHORITY, not to tyranny. I don’t believe the resistance we see today is an attempt to violently overthrow lawful authority. I see people taking a stand and not backing up, even if it means being tazed, body-slammed or beaten. The people have had enough of heavy-handed federal overreach. It may mean we go into the fire like the three Hebrew boys in Daniel, but we’ve made up our minds, we WILL NOT BOW.
We believe, as our founders did, that we have a NATURAL RIGHT to defend life, Liberty and property from oppressive and tyrannical governments.
I don’t believe these men and women were godless provocateurs. On the contrary, I believe they were God-fearing patriots committed to standing for what was right regardless of the consequences, even if it meant their friends and fellow countrymen mocked and disowned them. They knew they had a duty to God to resist unlawful authority as a testimony of the Righteousness of God. One wonders if this could be a reason for removing and ridiculing religious thought? Wouldn’t government be best served by removing the understanding that there is a power higher than government?
…WE THE PEOPLE are charged with defending our Liberty, we are the strongest guard against the abuse of power.
…Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan recently said during the House Intelligence Committee hearing concerning NSA surveillance, “you can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated, right?”
Perhaps Mr. Rogers is more correct than we would like to admit. Because if we do not know what our rights are; if we do not understand where they come from and why they are so important, we will have our Liberty stolen and we won’t even know it.
That is why this education is so important. We The People must get educated and start defending…not only for ourselves, but for future generations who would enjoy the fruits of our own vigilance. Alexander Hamilton warned us:
“Is it not better, I ask, to suffer a few present inconveniences, than to put yourselves in the way of losing everything that is precious? Your lives, your property, your religion, are all at stake. I do my duty. I warn you of your danger. If you should still be so mad as to bring destruction upon yourselves; if you still neglect what you owe to God and man, you cannot plead ignorance in your excuse. Your consciences will reproach you for your folly; and your children’s children will curse you.”
We The People Must have the courage and strength to stand against those who attempt to infringe upon the Liberties that are not to be violated. But to stand we must know the purpose for these Amendments and the origins of our Liberty. We must GET EDUCATED about Liberty and the provenance of our freedom. We The People must be the defenders of Liberty and stop looking to the government to protect a thing that doesn’t belong to them, a thing they can never possess but can only usurp!
…Tell your neighbors, your family members, your legislators and your sheriffs…MY rights are a gift from God, not the endowment of governments. My Liberties SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED because I WILL TAKE UP MY SOVEREIGN DUTY TO DEFEND IT!