Where does freedom come from?

This is a great weekend at SML.  The 4th of July is really the summer’s crescendo of travel and excitement here at the Lake.  Amongst all the excitement of families, vacations and relaxation is the celebration of our nation’s independence.  For more than 235 years Freedom has been ours, and the theme of our nation’s anthem.    This Saturday night we will all enjoy a great firework display (A no wake event btw) in celebration of our freedom.

 

Freedom is something America has led the world in during our reasonably short history. Freedom is not a tangible commodity that can be measured in our national GDP, but is one of the greatest gifts we as a nation have ever been given or have ever exported.

 

The question that is worth asking is, where does freedom come from?  It must surely have a source.  Was it the in-genius ideas of our founding fathers?  Did we stumble upon accidentally as our forefathers were scrounging for survival in the new land? Who do we ask?  Where can we go to find the answer?

Perhaps we should ask those who experimented with it and found it for us as a nation.  They who discovered it left behind a legacy of a free people and would surely know best where freedom comes from

Our founding fathers were connoisseurs of freedom.  They grappled with it’s ideals, they debated its characteristics, they longed to know it and possess it when they saw it within reach they sacrificed everything to possess it.  These were men who knew a lot about freedom.  Lets consider their opinion on the source of freedom. 

John Adams:“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

Thomas Jefferson stated: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?

Jedediah Morse: “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys.

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read Isaiah 33:22;

“For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king; He will save us.”  From this he proposed the legislative, the judicial and the executive branches of our government.

Their conviction that God was the source of freedom was even vividly woven into our founding documents.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.

As we read these statements along with scores of others from our founding fathers it becomes clear and evident that our founders, even those who were not the greatest Christians personally, understood a very important truth, that is  Freedom comes from and has its origin in God!  Not just a god but the God of the Bible.   They knew and discovered what so many have forgotten in the day in which we live.  There is no freedom without God.

This week as we celebrate the great nation that we live in, let us humbly bow our heads and give praise to God for the freedom he created and has so graciously bestowed upon this great nation.  May God Bless America!

About Pastor Troy Keaton

Founding pastor at EastLake Community Church at Smith Mountain Lake Virginia. View all posts by Pastor Troy Keaton

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