TRUE INDEPENDENCE by Z.B.McClure
"So, you gonna join us or what?" The man asked with his hands on his hips. His neighbor had just pulled into the driveway next door, and was now hit with this question immediately upon closing the door of his Buick Regal.
"What are we celebrating?" he wanted to know.
"Hey, are you kidding me? The fourth, man!" He shook his head in disbelief, adding, "hot doggies, burgers, beer- Jeez!"
This fourth of July, as we American's celebrate our independence from the Brittish empire, our liberation from a tyrannical island nation which once abused and pestered our men, women and our children, harassing us with royal edicts, we ought to remind ourselves of what we once fought so valliantly FOR, and FROM, and why one group of Brittish subjects once found it so needful to defend itself against another better-armed group of Brittish subjects.
Because historically speaking, this is what this coming fourth is really about. It is NOT about fire-crackers and parades and hotdogs, and burgers or even 'family'.
And it's not about merchants making a windfall profit, or even political photo-ops!
Have you read the Declaration of Independence lately? I hope so- I hope every American has. I've been fortunate enough to have been to the National Archives in Washington D.C. and viewed the actual document. I wonder how many Americans have taken the time to read this amazing and timeless written declaration and made the time to ponder its intended meaning.
The Creator of Heaven and Earth made a promise to the human race nearly six-thousand years ago, to liberate humanity from the most horrific and inborn tyranny ever- the cause of all internal and external enslavement - that congenital defect of the soul which impels and propels each one of us to self-destruct, in the almost infinite ways possible!
God promised to send us a special person, a male, to liberate the entire planet, but first He would assign two inhabinants of a land later to be named 'Iraq', a man and a woman joined in holy marriage- Abram and Sarai, to start a Nation for Him, a nation through which He would eventually raise up this promised Liberator. The purpose for this nation would be to show-case what it would be like for humanity to live and thrive under His direction, as well as a people dedicated to recieving, preserving and passing on His ways to His own, as well as to the surrounding Nations of planet Earth, for each succeeding generation forever. Also to educate His people to recognize and follow the Liberator He had promised.
However, this special nation, according to plan, would be allowed to fall into slavery in Egypt before the promised Liberator would come. Then after being given a land of its own, this special nation (Israel) would choose dictator-kings who would again enslave and plunder them. The first of these were Saul, David and then Solomon. Their oppression culminated in a Nation divided in two. This division was into idealogical parties. The northern 10 tribes were "progressive", or "liberal" while the southern nation was called Judah and was more conservative. By the time the Deliverer would arrive on the scene- the Nation's leadership had sold out the people to the Romans!
It is interesting to me, that when the Liberator offered His fellow country-men liberation from humanity's common enemy- the warped and ingrown human-nature, they were in a state of denial. "We have never been slaves to anyone!"
"What in the world are you talking about? What do you mean 'you will be set free'?
People are no different today. Each has their own self-destructive pet bondages but will deny it till death. We are all born slaves - slaves to a nature that hates our Creator. We see it clearly manifested in two-year olds. They will stick their finger on a hot stove in order to defy you. That self-destructive impulse is the first clear sign of the sin-nature we ALL bring with us from our mother's womb.
AMERICA is no different than Israel as far as our history goes. It was delivered from a tyranical government by God, given true liberty, but after several generations the Nation turned on God. Humans have always had a poor time learning from their past errors. Remember the Jewish holacaust? "Never again". Genocide happens all over the Earth today, nothing has changed. Humans always forget.
This fourth of July, we as a Nation will again show our true colors. Jesus the Liberator once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand". America's enemies understand that, so they work tirelessly to divide our Nation.
We are manipulated by news media to see ourselves not as American's, but to look at our differences. Tons of money and pork daily trade our collective Liberty for private or gain for the gender, ethnic or racial favorites. This results in people of different incomes envying or attacking one another, and free market capitalism leaving a bad-taste in people's mouths. During the 60s there was a conscious drive to pit one generation against another- in the news media not a day goes by without one group being highlighted by the print and internet media to be verbally, then legally attacked and smeared. Doesn't that seem strange to you? Doesn't it seem as if our Nation is under attack from within? They ones attacking seem to be almost untouchable and protected.
When Jesus walked the streets of Judah, he warned them that if they did not turn from their selfish sin and to Him, that within a generation the Temple and their Capital would encircled by armies and leveled to the ground. They rejected Him and His call for reason, and sure enough foreign troops occupied their Nation and enslaved or killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. That is historical fact!
Gone was their beautiful Capital, Jerusalem- GONE was their National Temple and freedom of worship, gone was their Sanhredrin, their Supreme Court, and their military was decimated. Massada. Their Nation's treasury was looted!
Could this happen to America? It IS happening right before our eyes! As we watch TV and gaze at our ipods and mobile phones, and on Facbook and Twitter. Sinister forces are at work to tear down all that is healthy, normal and decent about our people, and replace it with sickness and abnormality and vileness, using every trick in the book.
It is God who decides when a nation rises and when its time is up. Not man. God. Not the size of the military, not money, not even so-called education.
The communists running the Soviet Union tried to "re-educate" the children in their efforts to transform them, but they failed. It has all been tried before and it will always fail.
In the Soviet Union they built a gulag of re-education camps, and millions were rounded up and attempts were made to transform their Nation. Well Stalin, Lenin and the rest of the special interests lived high on the hog while millions of their country comrades were slaughterd. How did THAT work? It didn't. God alone is able to transform people without destroying them in the process.
The guy that had arrived in his Buick was going to say something to the man who had invited him to his July 4th BBQ, but then sighed and started to leave.
"Hey, don't walk away from me Mr." He hollered while crossing his arms and spitting.
The other man stopped in his tracks and turned around.
"o.k." he said, "so what are YOU celebrating?"
"The founding of America, and our liberty."
"Are you against parades or hotdogs and family?"
"Absolutely not," he broke into a smile, "I'm FOR ALL Americans. For the right to disagree without being threatened with law-suits and arrest. For the right to be represented equally alongside the highest paid CEO, most popular Entertainer, and the most powerful of people. I'm for the religious liberty my ancestors originally settled this new world for. For the liberty my grand-fathers , father AND my son died defending while in Iraq.
If I can STILL have those, why, THAT would be worth celebrating! Without those things, I would only get indigestion.