All that our Founding Father’s established through blood,
sweat, and tears is in jeopardy today.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are being wiped from the
American conscience. Tens of millions of
Americans have no job, no real desire to find one, and no shame in expecting
those who do work to pay for their food, their phones, and their
healthcare. Lawlessness abounds throughout
the nation because our leaders in Washington, D.C. seem to have no concern for
the rule of law. The Constitution is being
shredded by the Executive and Judicial branches of our government while members
of Congress are more concerned about the viability of their political careers
than they are about the future of this great nation. This country is in desperate need of a voice
of truth and conviction that calls the faithful to action like it once had in
Have you ever read the famous speech he gave the Second
Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775 that concludes with “give me liberty or
give me death”? There is more than just
the last comment that needs to be heard again in America.
The Convention began three days earlier (on the 20th)
meeting in Richmond rather than the capitol, Williamsburg, to avoid a
confrontation with the Governor (Dunmore) and the British military. Henry wanted to organize a militia and
prepare them for the conflict that loomed and was clearly inevitable. But he was forced to listen for hours and
even days to many of his fellow delegates who were counseling patience with the
British. They feared such a move would
seem provocative and give the Crown the excuse to launch an attack. Henry listened to as much of the calls to
tolerance and patience as he could and rose one last time to speak at the
Convention. Here are a few excepts of
what he said:
Should I keep back my opinions at such a time,
through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason
towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven,
which I revere above all earthly kings.
The voice of the faithful Christian and patriot is virtually
silent today because there is a fear of causing offense to those who refuse to
acknowledge the moral decay and political corruption that is blatantly obvious
to everyone. Christians fear the charge
of hypocrisy and patriots fear the response from the government at the hands of
the IRS or the Department of Justice.
But look at what Henry said. To
him, failure to speak out and act were themselves acts of treason against his
beloved country. He shames today’s
silent Christian by disclosing that were he to remain silent in his opposition
to doing nothing he would consider it not only disloyal to his country but to
his God as well. To Whom does the
Christian ultimately answer?
I know of no way of judging of the future but by
the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the
conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes
with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House.
What more do conservative members of Congress need to hear or see
to understand that the Executive and Judicial branches of government are out of
control today? Anti-Christian rhetoric
continues to spew from the Pentagon and the Department of Justice. Servicemen and women are being punished for
their Christian views. The DOJ has been
caught red handed providing Mexican gangs and cartels with weapons (and lying
about it). The Internal Revenue Service
was caught targeting conservatives (even during the height of the scandal when
Congressional hearings were taking place).
A court decision overrode the results of millions of voters in
California concerning homosexual marriage.
And as of yet not one thing has been done to bring the murderers of four
Americans (one of which was our Ambassador) who were victims of terrorism in
Benghazi to justice. As Henry states
above, what gives any member of Congress the idea that things are about to
change for the better? How is not forcing the President to shut down
the government by defunding Obamacare going to turn things around? How is
letting Benghazi and the IRS scandal fade into obscurity going to make the
world safer for Americans and protect free speech from the IRS?
There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish
to be free--if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for
which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the
noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged
ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be
obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and
to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
At some point there has to be a call to action. We remain daily under the threat of attack
from Islamic jihadists (some of which are hiding within our own military…Nidal
Hasan et. al). Our own government
continues to force Christians to violate their religious convictions by funding
Planned Parenthood, demanding they provide services to homosexuals, and by
trying to erase all Christian artifacts and symbols from public view. We may not be to the point of taking up arms
against our own government (although the government’s attack on the Second
Amendment shows that it believes that day is on the horizon) but if our members
of Congress continue to go along with where we are heading by refusing to take
a stand demanding accountability and refusing to fund those things that are
clearly unconstitutional, then what hope have we that America will do anything
but end up a third world banana republic?
If members of the Christian community will not rise up with a unified
voice saying “No!” to the sins of our own government and call on God to deliver
us from this evil…we deserve to lose our standing and voice.
Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of
those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of
people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which
we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.
Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who
presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight
our battles for us.
Where is the confidence in the God who established the universe
and this nation by those who claim to be His?
The Holy Bible teaches the power of repentance and prayers are beyond
the capacity of evil to restrain them.
The tens of millions of Christians in America are not weak or impotent,
nor is their God. Yet the Church in
America seems unable even to acknowledge that sin is sin for fear of being
branded primitive and intolerant. The
Church is seeking culture’s approval rather than God’s! No, the Church isn’t even bothering to ask God to fight for us because it
believes victory isn’t a politically correct thing to seek.
Finally, we come to Henry’s closing appeal and remonstrance:
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be
purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know
not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me
Are we willing to exchange the freedom that was purchased at such
great cost just so others can live without being offended? Is political correctness more important than
Almighty God? Do political careers trump
the Divine expectation of righteousness?
Is our mere existence worth the cost of our heritage, integrity, and
freedom? It wasn’t to Patrick
Henry. Is it to you?
Ray Rooney, Jr.