by Barry Durmaz, June 17, 2019
John Locke, the most influential Christian philosopher upon our Founders and the writing of the Declaration of Independence, reasoned biblically, “For I have truly no Property in that, which another can by right take from me, when he pleases, against my consent.”
In this limited space I can only “touch” on reasoning biblically and governmentally. Be very careful here: you must interpret Scripture with Scripture to deduce correct conclusions. Simply quoting “Render unto Caesar” will draw you to be in opposition with the greater body of Scripture, which commands His children to first render unto the unseen Lawgiver what belongs to Him, as in “You shall have no other seeable lawgivers before Me.”
Your labor as property in relation to the true Lawgiver belongs to Him. Your labor as property in relation to others belongs to you exclusively.2 Law as the protector of individual liberty and property is a distinctly biblical idea and is one aspect that makes America a Christian nation. When you hear others talk about law without the corollary and balancing truth of liberty, you are susceptible to embracing a humanistic view of life, which is contrary to Christ. It doesn’t matter if that is being sounded across a pulpit. Are you opposing the gospel power of Christ’s liberty under law? If so, change your mind (repent), friend of America. By God’s grace (enablement) I repented of my independence from Christ’s power to govern myself and have been walking in a greater degree of economic liberty for the last 12 years—not consenting to others to take (steal) what is private to me in relation to others.
America is a reflection of your capacity for individual self-government and is a reflection of the quality of character and government in your home. As individuals, you and I are responsible for the conduct and quality of civil government. For the sake of American Christian independence, may we repent for complaining and railing against what we do see and deal firmly with what we don’t see, where God looks—our heart (Prov. 4:23). Consider and ponder again the biblical passages previously quoted and cited.
Independence Day is a celebration of the work of God in America’s founding, the planting and flourishing of Christian conscience and character—a character that is independently dependent upon God alone. This is a mighty good work of the perfect Lawgiver!
Gather your family around the meal table this Independence Day and regularly. What are you celebrating? Exactly what is American independence? Where do you see Christ working to make you independently dependent upon Him? The Declaration of 1776 is NOT a declaration of independence but of shifting dependence from Great Britain and upon the true Lawgiver. Read it afresh and be convinced in your own mind.
John Locke; Of Civil Government 2 PROPERTY: “The exclusive use and disposition of a thing.” Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language