16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Our founders pledge Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor to give us a union with the sole purpose to “Preserve the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
John Adams wrote to Abigail April 26, 1777 and said:
“Is it not intollerable, that the opening Spring, which I should enjoy with my Wife and Children upon my little Farm, should pass away, and laugh at me, for labouring, Day after Day, and Month after Month, in a Conclave, Where neither Taste, nor Fancy, nor Reason, nor Passion, nor Appetite can be gratified?
Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”
They were building a future where Liberty could prosper. They knew that Liberty was a gift from God, but they knew it came at a sacrifice. Listen to John Adams in 1765:
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
Liberty is a gift from God, but it also requires a sacrifice. Has America become so accustomed to prosperity and comfort to stand for Liberty?
Alexander Hamilton asked:
“Is it not better, I ask, to suffer a few present inconveniences, than to put yourselves in the way of losing every thing that is precious? Your lives, your property, your religion, are all at stake.”
But just as in Jesus’ day, men are too addicted to comfort to do what is necessary for the future of Liberty (Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free).
I still see so many still willing to choose prosperity over Liberty and political party over principles. But it was that way in 1776 as well. Only 30% of the population chose Liberty then, too. Don’t grow dim Patriots. We don’t need a majority, just a tireless minority willing to ignite the bushfires.
I wonder how much we will love our economy when Common Core is brainwashing our children into brownshirts, the State supports the seizure of our guns and the warrantless searches of our property. Perhaps BLM can come her too and take the land from our farmers and ranchers?
Oh but then we will hear, “Don’t be ridiculous, KrisAnne! If they come to get MY (fill in the blank) they will take it from my cold dead hand.” I will say, “yes they will. Because when you had a chance to choose Liberty peacefully, you chose prosperity, security, jobs, healthcare, etc.”
I do my duty to warn you. If you choose to madden on to your own destruction your consciences shall reproach you and your children’s children will curse you.
Choose you this day…as for me an my house we will serve the Lord.
The sacrifice may be great but the reward is 100 fold!