Recently, I watched Gandhi. In that movie, Ganhi said that one hundred thousand British could not rule 300 million Indians unless the Indians allowed them to. I think that statement holds a profound truth. No one can make you do anything you do not choose to do. Two thousand years of Christian martyrs has shown this. No one can make you deny Christ except you.
Sure they can threaten, reward, manipulate and deceive – the tools of Satan and slave owners. But these devices have no power unless the slaves give them power. God endows individuals with certain inalienable rights. He will never take them away and neither will anyone else. They must be given up.
Three hundred years ago as the British colonized North America and they tried to turn the American Indians into slaves. They bought them from the Chiefs and capturing them in battle. But their efforts proved fruitless as the Indians despite floggings and torture refused the yoke of slavery. They would die but they would not work. You could call this laziness but I think they, like Gahndi, knew the truth. There is no such thing as slavery.
The British then turned to the old world where thousands of years of tyranny had trained people that freedom could be taken. Soon the seeds of slavery were planted in America. The weeds from those years still pop up today through racial hatred and distrust. But no amount of weeds can cover up the simple truth that no one can make you do something you don’t choose to do.
Our freedom, contains a challenge. When we stand before God on the Day of Judgment we will be able to offer up no excuses for our choices. The devil didn’t make us sin and neither did God. We choose to sin in full knowledge that what you were doing was wrong.
Through our choices we become slaves to sin. Soon it is all we know. Freedom is easily tossed aside but nearly impossible to regain without death. I can think of no time in history where a people became free without bloodshed. The price of freedom is blood either of peaceful protesters(India) or an army(USA). Someone has to die to relight the torch of freedom.
So while our choices get us into the slavery of sin we cannot through an act of our will become free from sin. Someone has to die. Unfortunately, our freedom allows us go back to the yoke of slavery. We are doing this in America as we pass laws like the Patriot Act and Campaign Finance Reform (both incidentally backed by republicans). And we do this as Christians as we turn back to the detestable practices we once knew.
Paul asked the Galatians why they turned back to the slavery of the law and I must ask Americans why we are turning back to an imperialistic form of government we once so adamantly opposed. Is our goal to become the next British Empire? Have we been eating our national vegetables so that when we grow up we can be like mother England? The sun never set on the British empire. Is this not already the case with our American empire? At what point in the earth’s rotation does the sun not shine on an American soldier occupying a foreign land?
When we give away our liberties we are either killing our children who must die to win them back, or we are forging their chains.
God used Gandhi, a pagan, to humiliate “Christian” England. I can’t help but wonder if he will do the same to us. God is not American and he will never be on our side. But he gives us the ability to choose to join His side. I suggest we should. If you use your liberty to vote, make sure to vote for liberty. Otherwise do the nation a service and use your freedom to stay home.