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[COMMENT: Three documents in history stand out as primary bulwarks of political, moral, and spiritual freedom: the Magna Carta, the US Declaration of Independent, and the US Constitution. They are all under steady attack and have been eroded to the point of being useless. We are headed for tyranny.
How many of our freedom bulwarks have to fall before we get the point and rise up to defend our freedom under God? The Belgian fellow, mourning over what he saw as the "end of Europe" remarked that he never learned how to defend his freedom, only how to enjoy it.
That statement is true of every Western nation. There is not a one which shows any awareness of the danger, and a willingness to stand up under the law and grace of God to defend what God has given us. Christians are too busy being "Biblical" (in the new privatized, non-political manner) to remember that God thought it important to rescue His people from slavery in Egypt, from the Babylonian exile, and to found the beginnings of a Godly republic in America. So we are preparing ourselves for the new slavery of 1984, and are already well down that road. Does anyone out there care?
Christians will not stand up and wield the Sword of the Spirit -- speak the truth in love and force honest confrontation with fact and logic. So we are continuing to dig our own graves. We are preparing our own demise because we want more to enjoy our freedoms than to defend them.
The freedom of the Church in England to speak out about homosexuality (other issues to follow...) is being trashed. But you can safely bet that very few Englishmen will risk going to jail to speak the truth about homosexuality. They (along with the rest of Westerners) will, again, mealy-mouth their way through -- to preserve their comfort.
God cannot be pleased, as He alone is the source of our freedoms, but we Christians will not stand up and give our testimony to His lordship over all things, and as the provider of not only personal but also public and corporate freedom.
The Church is the conscience of a nation, so its freedom from political pressure is fundamental to a free society. But the Church has long ago given up that role, and so is increasingly irrelevant to what God is doing. Why should Parliament, overwhelmingly secular, pay any attention to the Anglican Church?
The Archbishop of Canterbury had a strong hand in the writing of the Magna Carta, but the Church in England today has lost its intellectual, moral, and spiritual credibility, and is getting what it deserves. God has not, and is not getting what He deserves.
Nevertheless, God has not lost control. All of life is a sifting
process, forcing us to decide whom we will serve, God or the world.
Serving God means picking up our crosses daily, speaking the truth in love --
at any cost to ourselves. So, we are judging ourselves by our choices
-- as per John 3:19. Looking at the West, it does not appear that many are
interested in what God is offering. We are sifting ourselves. Choose
this day whom you will serve... E. Fox]
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