by Terry J. Hallock

The Roots of American Liberty
Terry J. Hallock
Psalm 33:12-22
July 2, 2000

Just as a tree cannot live let alone stand unless its roots are healthy and deep, so a nation cannot survive let alone thrive unless it is rooted in a sure foundation. Lasting and honest liberty does not occur by chance. Liberty's presence or absence is the inevitable result of the spiritual foundation that forms the character of an individual or nation. If that foundation is right liberty ensues, but if it is wrong liberty dies. It is no accident this nation has enjoyed liberty for over 200 years or that nations like China do not. America grew from roots that could not help but produce liberty while China now lives off the decaying roots that cannot help but kill liberty.

Psalm 33 declares that the roots of liberty are in God. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Second Corinthians 3:17 confirms that truth. "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." To put those declarations another way, lasting liberty only grows where a people are rooted in a submitted personal relationship to the sovereignty of God. Where the God of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Jesus is both recognized as the only God and served as the only Lord that is where liberty blossoms. Where both individuals and the nation they create submit every choice and every decision to the laws of the Bible's God liberty cannot help but live.

The histories of both ancient Israel and modern America prove the validity of that proposition. The consequences of either submitting to God or rebelling against God are etched in the stones of living history. A quick survey of Israel's history from Genesis to Micah leaves no doubt that whenever that nation was in obedience to God national prosperity, power, peace and liberty flowed. Yet whenever Israel turned her back on The Lord and sought her own way national poverty, pain, violence, destruction, defeat and enslavement ...

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