Today we celebrate 235 years of independence as a nation. The liberties we enjoy were purchased at a high price, and today we have men and women who are willing to lay their lives on the line to preserve our liberty. But it is unlikely that our freedoms will be taken from us by a foreign power. The biggest danger is internal.
Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political philosopher, historian and author, wrote his observations of the America. He wrote, “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
Our nation is rapidly losing the foundations of its faith. Though close to 90% of Americans believe in God, their “god” seems to have very little effect on how they live from day to day. Without a proper foundation, then faith becomes hollow. When faith is hollow, then morality has no standard – anything goes. And without a moral code to hold us in check, we exchange our liberties for security or trade them to whoever promises the most goodies.
Our forefathers understood what it meant to have their God-given liberty suppressed. They fought and many of them died that this nation might be born free. It is up to us to secure these hard won liberties. But it will not begin in the White House or houses of Congress; it will begin in the homes and churches as men and women recommit themselves to the God revealed in the pages of Scripture. It will begin as we yield ourselves to worship, give ourselves to serving in Jesus’ name, and choose to live by a higher standard than the least common denominator.
Are America’s best days ahead of us or do they lie behind us? History will be the final judge. But this one thing is for sure, without faith there can be no true morality, and without a high moral standard liberty will not survive.