The following is an excerpt from the American Bicentennial Edition of the bible (1776-1976). The first 139 pages of this bible are devoted to American history as pertaining to the bible- America’s precious heritage, the bible. America’s Christian heritage- Christian liberty comes to America- the Christian foundation of our nation- leaders of American liberty- the bible of the revolution- the pulpit and the American Revolution and so on.
Though it is not my ambition to belittle Americaor its founding fathers; it is my ambition to educate against anything that systematically undermines the core teachings of Christ.
Please pay close attention to what you are about to read. The slight of hand can be found in the author equating our unity as believers in the spirit of Christ with that of a military campaign against King George. This slight of hand historically is the means by which those in power have always called the faithful to an agenda. It’s important to understand that there is a fine line between wars fought for just peace resolution according the Geneva Convention and those fought for the purpose of seeking dominion. Remember, Jesus was not a patriot, or a national dominionist, and He had no loyalty but to the Father and the kingdom of heaven; which of course He declared to be comprised of every tribe, every tongue, and every nation; which is to say that there is only one nation under God; those who believe in the One true God, and Jesus Christ His Son. (John 17:3)
Excerpt Bicentennial bible (1776-1976):
As Americans, we possess a rich inheritance of “Property,” beginning in the first century of Christianity, when “liberty of conscience” became more important to men than their very lives. Our pilgrim fathers fled to this continent, leaving their homeland, rather than submit to infringement of their right of conscience.
Our Patriotic forefathers fought the war of independence in order to secure our God given rights- both internal and external property rights. During that crucial period of our history, Samuel Adams asked the question of the ages, “Now what liberty can there be where property is taken away without consent?”
Property rights- the right to life and liberty- are given by God and not by government. It is the responsibility of the structure of government to secure these rights, not to provide them. It was the original intent of the framers of the constitution to establish a form of government which would secure these God given rights to be preserved as part of the sacred property of man. Liberty is not mans invention. It is God’s gift!
PRINCIPLE OF UNION
The foundation stone of Christian unity is the Rock, Jesus Christ. “For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have all been made to drink into one spirit.”(I Cor. 12:13) “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.” (I Cor. 12:12) “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.” (Eph. 2:19-20)
The story of the Plymouth Pilgrims, recorded by William Bradford in 1647, is an account of true Christian unity from the days of our early history. When they began the settlement, “they shook off this yoke of anti-christian bondage, and as ye Lords free people, joyned themselves (by a covenant of the Lord) into a church estate, in ye fellowship of ye gospel, to walk in all His ways, make known or to be made known unto them, according to their best endeavors, whatsoever it should cost them, the Lord assisting them.”
The oppressive acts forced on the American colonies by the British government provided the impulse of uniting all the colonies for the first time in history. The manner in which the flow of christian support and unity of purpose cemented together the 13 colonies was true biblical christian unity, produced by the voluntary action of many communities and tiny towns. “Thirteen clocks were made to strike together; a perfection of mechanism which no artist had ever before effected.” Beneath the numerous diversities of the colonies was a “unity of spirit.” The colonists were united in a cause which they felt to be ordained by God. “Stand firm, and let your intrepid courage show to the world that you are Christians.”
In short, the questions we must ask ourselves are these:
1: Are we American Christians or are we truly men and women of God?
2: Are we loyal to Jesus Christ and what He confirms in our spirit; or
3: Are we driven to and fro by every wind of doctrine according to tradition and the
cunning craftiness of men?
The book of Romans was written around A.D. 57, and Emperor Nero was in power; and as we know, he cruelly persecuted Christians, throwing them to the lions, amongst other horrific things. Yet God’s word comes through the Apostle Paul in this way, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” My question is this; how can we use these scriptures one way, one day; and another the next? Wouldn’t these scriptures have included the reign of King George?
Here is one more thing to consider in regards to what we have just discussed and read; here is what the Apostle Paul had to say regarding circumstance- “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Every where and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”(Phillipians 4:11-12)
“What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
In whom was Paul’s liberty based? And what rights did he proclaim?
G. L. Miller