As we celebrate the 4th of July holiday, we celebrate freedom from tyranny. It’s a good time to review the difference between patriotism and politics. Here is a simple difference. A patriot loves his country and as JFK put it, asks not what the country can do for him, but what he can do for his country. A politician is motivated by self-interest. What can I get? What can the country do for me? I wrote about the warning Jesus gave to beware the leaven of the pharisees and of Herod. The leaven of Herod referred to political self-interest. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. What can you do for me? It is known for political “horse trading”. It is all about deal making.
But a patriot is motivated by the common good. His standards are freedom, liberty, and justice for all. The tragedy of today’s divided political factions is a descent into anarchy. It is every man for himself. This is not only a breakdown of our democratic republic, but is the consequence of rejecting our Judeo-Christian heritage. Not only our heritage, but we are losing our moral, religious, and Biblical values. Without that, there is no standard to hold up before our youth as their goal and behavioral expectations. Love God and love your neighbor is Bible 101, but without it you have runaway selfishness.
One further point about the 4th of July: Our revolution did not come from a spirit of rebellion, but a reluctant separation from the tyranny of King George. (See my earlier blog: Mobs, Riots and Revolutions) Our forefathers came to this continent to live in freedom. King George enforce his rule beyond his reach and was rejected from being King. One of the most profound moments of our baby country happened when George Washington was our first President. Some wanted him to be King or a least continue as President. But he refused the personal gain and glory for the principle of changing our leadership regularly to expressly avoid the opportunity for one man control.
As we reflect on the blessings of Almighty God on this great nation this weekend, we must pray for a revival of faith and faithfulness to Yehovah God, Who is our Source. This was proclaimed clearly in our Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I pray you will have a blessed and thankful 4th of July!
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists (READ MORE)