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A Gem of Many Facets

By George Rogers Clark · Dec. 4, 2012

At present, there is a strong sentiment among some conservatives that the great American experiment is over; socialism will soon rule here in the USA. They believe that Liberty is dead and hope is futile. These are clearly the sounds of defeat, expressed by those who have already surrendered. Perhaps they should lower their flag, face the east at the proper hour, and bow their knee to the newly crowned King of Obamaland. They have given up on America and given up on the grace and faithfulness of God.

I cannot surrender. There is too much to lose. Liberty is a gem of many facets. At this hour, all of our rights have not yet been removed. We still have some things to fight with, and some things to fight for. There is a remnant of patriots who love their country more than their politics. They cannot be bought with “free stuff”. There is a remnant who will only bow to the Lord.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other… A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” –John Adams

More than a piece of geography, or a quantity of natural resources, a nation is a people. America is special because she is home to many special people and she is founded on a very special idea:

“…..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.” –Declaration of Independence

If John Adams was correct, we should not surrender now. Our Liberty is unique. Much blood and capital has been spent since 1776 to make us free, keep us free, and to free others of tyranny. America remains today, the last bastion of true Liberty.

Constitutional Amendments One through Ten enumerates and codifies the elements of our unique Liberty. They are called our Bill of Rights for a reason. They define and make law the unalienable rights of Liberty, granted by our Creator, not by our government. They serve to protect the natural rights of Liberty and property. They guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the people.

All of the Bill of Rights is important to Liberty. But a review of just two of the many facets of Liberty may encourage and energize the remnant among us who will not surrender:

Amendment I:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We are protected from the establishment of a state sponsored religion and we are guaranteed the free exercise of religion. Although under fire, free exercise of religion is still our right today. In the last few decades, it seems our institutions and the government excessively protects secularism, while restricting Christianity. That does not set well with most of us. But we may still pray; we may still assemble ourselves together; we may still exercise freedom of speech to evangelize, educate, and politic. We still have the right to beseech the Lord to bring a moral/spiritual revival to our nation. Religious freedom is something to fight for, and it is something to fight with.

Freedoms of speech, the press, assembly, and petition also represent both our cause, and our weapons for the fight to save Liberty. With these we can win back the deceived to the cause of Liberty and help them find the true Source. They shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free.

Amendment II

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

There is no need to rehash the pros and cons of the recent history regarding the 2nd Amendment. In my personal opinion, the right to bear arms has already been infringed. Attempts to further infringe are being considered.

One of my chief criticisms is that the “deceived” are being further deceived by the descriptions of semi-automatic sporting rifles as “assault weapons”. If you know anything about firearms, you know this is just ludicrous. An AR15 may look like an M16, but it has no selective fire mode and a limited magazine capacity. It is not an assault weapon. Furthermore, actual assault weapons cannot be purchased at gun shows or stores. Only persons holding a Federal Firearms License may buy or sell those types of weapons. They cannot be sold to Joe Citizen. FFL dealers are closely monitored by the ATF.

I will give the anti-gun crowd the benefit of the doubt and assume most of them are well intentioned. Perhaps they cannot see that the gradual, piecemeal reduction in American Liberty, having moved along an exponential curve toward tyranny, if not checked will end in intolerable oppression. It could come soon, when our own government becomes the enemy of the people.

It is impossible to estimate the will of a people, or to forecast the numbers that would possess the will to protect their last vestiges of freedom by force of arms. But we have evidential reasons to know the will exists and to believe the numbers are in the millions; perhaps tens of millions.

The point is: an armed citizenry is a powerful deterrent to a person, or a government body, that would attempt to impose unendurable tyranny. Could a militia armed with sporting weapons defeat a standing army equipped with helicopter gunships, laser guided bombs and missiles, etc.? No, they could not. But if (a big if) American military would initially stand with a tyrannical takeover, I believe the blood of many thousands of their once free countrymen would soon cause a change in their target selections. You see the point. If there are any Americans, past or present, who have earned my trust and respect, it is the American military.

We cannot lose the right to keep and bear arms. Unarmed we have no final defense of Liberty. May we pray and receive God's blessing that armed conflict may be averted without surrender. As patriots, our duty is to use every weapon, or right, provided by the 1st Amendment to ensure that we do not find it necessary to take up arms against our government or our countrymen.

At this juncture of history, American Patriots are those who love their country more than political parties or ideologies. They understand what it means to work, pray and fight for things of the greater value. They stand proud and pugnacious in the defense of Liberty.

Win or lose, when the time for the end does come, I hope the Lord will find me on my knees, still seeking His blessings for this great nation. Until then, may the Lord give us converts, each day, to His cause and that of Liberty.

George Rogers Clark blogs at myFreeBlogs.us – http://www.myfreeblogs.us

14 Comments

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

George, Great column! The very things you talk about in the 1st and 2nd amendment are under attack everyday somewhere in this great land. A free press is decicated to the truth no matter how bad it looks. It should not matter who or what is involved in reporting the news. Now we have a press dedicated to the Socialis agenda and refuses to print or air anything negative about this administration or President. They simply make excuses for any problems that arise. Benghazi is a prime example of biased reporting. They no longer care about the natural rights given us by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. I would hope our military would refuse to fire on their fellow Americans. In today's world anything could happen even when we think it wouldn't.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

We have to hope our troops would recognize our just cause, sooner or later. Because citizens against a determined military is a sure loss. You have probably seen what "Puff the Magic Dragon" could do in Nam. What they have today is even better, much better. I sure wouldn't want to be in the kill-zone of one of those babies.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

P. Long in Texas said:

The Israel of the Old Testament is an interesting study. They were never quite able to remain faithful to God for long periods. The nation would fall into idolatry and sin. And how were they punished? God allowed them to be overthrown by other nations, killed, put into slavery, carried off into captivity, ruled by foreigners, and in general given their comeuppance. What did this accomplish? Revival. Religious fervor. A turning back to God. An old preacher once told me to be careful what I prayed for because the prayer would be answered and the answer might be yes. Obama could be God's answer to a prayer for revival. What thinketh thou, gentlemen? And while it is true that if God is for you who can stand against you; the converse is also true that if God is against you, who can stand against God.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

You got it, P. That is why I usually try to remind my fellow patriots that without the blessing of the Lord, we will not succeed in restoring America. We must have revival, salvation, and obedience. Amen.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other... A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." --John Adams

Hi George. Not saying you are, but Adam's quote is often used as evidence that the Constitutional Republic is Christian. Not so. Any nation's constitution and government benefits from moral Christian citizens, even those nations whose constitution are not based upon Yahweh's morality as found in His perfect law and altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:7-9) - such as the United States of America. However, when such constitutions are not based upon Yahweh's law, it is inevitable that such nations will become more and more immoral and corrupt, being they do not have a Biblical standard to fall back upon. Case in point, the United States of America today.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Ted: Thank you for your comments.

The Adams quote has two parts. I thought both were useful to my message, though perhaps questionable as a civics lesson or a Christian message, I do believe the founders had good intent. But, I said that I thought we were a Christian nation because of the first settlers, not the founders.

Honestly, as I was working on my first draft I wrote about two paragraphs just to address the points you make about BLVUSC, because they are valid and more people should know your teaching on that. However, with a 1200 word limit, it is hard to make your points and mine. I had to cut about 320 words before submission.

I "preach to the choir" a little, Ted, but mostly I am trying to inspire patriots to never give up and to remember that revival and obedience to the Lord is the only solution. Any other victory, if there could be one, would be very hollow and temporary.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

You're welcome.

Keep in mind good intentions are usually not all they're cracked up to be. Paul (Saul at the time) had good intentions as he was putting Christians in prison and as he stood by and held the cloaks of those who stone Stephen.

One thing is for sure, the framers were not the Christians (nor the deists) they so often made out to be by Christians who so desperately want to them to be "our guys," just like they want the Constitution to be "our document." In this regard, I highly recommend Dr. Albert Mohler's recent interview with Dr. Gregg Frazer. Dr. Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dr. Frazer is Professor of History at The Master's College in California. You can read it at http://www.albertmohler.com/2012/09/10/what-did-america%E2%80%99s-founders-really-believe-a-conversation-with-historian-gregg-frazer-transcript/.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

As for "rights": Rights are but another means by which we were sold down the river. Rights are easily licensed and limited by whatever jurisdiction happens to be in power at the time.

" In theory, the Bill of Rights protects, among other things, the 'unalienable rights' of 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' But have life, liberty, and happiness been advanced or protected since their ratification?...

"How could the Bill of Rights have been based upon God-given rights when much of what is contained in the first ten Amendments is antithetical to Yahweh’s morality? To declare that the Bill of Rights are God-given is another futile attempt to Christianize the Constitution.

"The Scriptures provide no evidence of God-given (or unalienable) rights. Even life and liberty are not rights, but rather responsibilities delegated by Yahweh. Of course, rights are much more popular than responsibilities. Everyone, including homosexuals and infant murderers, demand their rights, but few are interested in fulfilling their responsibilities.

"The Puritan idea of rights and liberty was quite different from what the framers had in mind:

'John Winthrop [first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony] … reminded his fellow-citizens of Massachusetts that a doctrine of civil rights [as in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights] which looked to natural or sinful man as its source and guardian [as in the Preamble] was actually destructive of that very liberty which they were seeking to protect. True freedom can never be found in institutions which are under the direction of sinful men, but only in the redemption wrought for man by Jesus Christ. Christ, not man, is the sole source and guarantee of true liberty.' (C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1964) p. 19.)

For more, see online Chapter 11 "Amendment 1: Government-Sanctioned Polytheism" at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt11.html.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

"but only in the redemption wrought for man by Jesus Christ. Christ, not man, is the sole source and guarantee of true liberty."

And... that is ALL I am saying. Everything else is details, errata, noise not signal, heat not light.

The Constitution is not my argument, I honor it and respect it and even quote it. It still has value to many. And I do not think we are going to constitute a Christian Theocracy until we have a nation with a majority of faithful, obedient Christians. Revival, salvation, and obedience must happen first. We must be obedient to 2 Chronicles 7:14, as you and I have agreed.

You and I agree on all of this. We just express it in a different way.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

I don't mean to be offensive, but it's double minded for you to say you honor and respect Yahweh and the U.S. Constitution that is antithetical, even hostile, to Yahweh's laws in nearly every article and amendment. I'll be addressing this on my blog in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, following is a small portion thereof:

“How long halt ye between two opinions? If Yahweh be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21) This was Elijah’s challenge to the double-minded Israelites on Mt. Carmel. What is today’s Mount Carmel? As individuals, we may each have several personal Mount Carmels to be scaled and conquered. However, as a nation, America’s Mount Carmel is unequivocally Yahweh versus We the People (a modern form of Baal).

I can understand humanists’ choosing We the People. We the People is just a collective form of a majority doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). What I cannot understand is that alleged Christians would choose to serve Yahweh as God on one hand and We the People on the other. What’s even more paradoxical is that “conservative” Christians are the greatest advocates of We the People and its humanistic government.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Robert Alexander in Texas said:

This is LIBERTY:

Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

John Englehutt in Canada replied:

Robert, you've summed it up as well as anyone can. Let me just say Amen.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:54 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Sweet, sweet liberty. Thank you, Robert.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Chris in Wisconsin said:

George,

I came per your invite from another one of your articles. Thanks for the invite.

The 1st & the 2nd aren't the answer. Only His laws, Statutes and Judgments are, as I stated in that post.

I used to be a constitutional advocate for over 2 decades. I've probably forgotten more than most people know about it. No brag, just fact.

Now this is in no way directed toward you, but I've found that most who advocate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, don't really understand it, let alone understand what's happened to them and the strong delusion they're currently under, which He said He would send to those who do not have a love of the truth.

They claim "rights", but in reality, they have none as most were given away at birth by their parents that already had an agreement to do so due to their "Limited Partnership" with the state (i.e., Marriage License), albeit unknowingly (via the birth certificate), and have further signed them away via various licenses, permits, incorporation and other such government granted privileges and then they're astonished at the loss of liberty.

As I stated before, we as a "nation" (and I mean that it's strict definition) have "flipped off" The King of kings and now find ourselves having "gone to Babylon" (means confusion). Micah 4: 9 - 10 (11 - 13 is my favorite part).

The only way back to Him is through repentance, baptism for the remission of sins to attain His atoning blood and then seek His Kingdom/Will on earth.

Unrelated to my comment - Note: Beware of a big truck in the desert.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM