In case you were never taught this in government schools, today is the 237th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. A Massachusetts colonist resistance group known as the Sons of Liberty, lead by Samuel Adams, disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians and dumped 342 chests of British tea into the harbor. This was in protest to the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, which was basically the government cornering the market on tea.
Parliament later passed the Coercive Acts which closed all merchant shipping to Boston Harbor and established British military rule in Massachusetts and among other things, required colonists to quarter British troops (hence the 3rd Amendment).
Samuel Adams, the cousin of John Adams, is known as the Father of the American Revolution (did you learn that in school?). More importantly, Samuel Adams was a devout Christian who believed our right to freedom is a gift from God. Remember George Bush being mocked for saying that? One of Adams’ most famous writings is The Rights of the Colonists, and in it he writes:
“The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty…The rights of the colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”
Where in the New Testament could Adams have possibly got the notion of freedom and liberty? Well here’s at least one instance:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
The Apostle Paul was writing of the glory of the new covenant we have in Christ, in which the veil over our hearts is removed when we confess Christ as Lord and Savior. Paul also wrote to the Galatians of our Christian liberty in this new covenant:
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
Adams, like Madison, knew that a nation of free men would only be free when the population controlled its emotions and desires in the manner outlined in the Beatitudes and other teachings of Christ. Adams once wrote:
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader…If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.”
Knowledge has long ago been limited through the dumbing down of America via the public education system and mainstream media. This is not by accident. Those who would overturn our republican form of government know they must unhitch the present from its past. Hence the historical revision of our founding, including our Christian heritage as a nation.
I wrote in The Right Sailing of the Human Fleet that “we are a people without national virtue.” We long ago abandoned the concept of absolute truth for the sugary sentiment of moral relativity, and this too was no accident.
Beloved we are doomed as a nation without revival. And revival will not come if the Church will not repent. And then, and only then, can America be restored to its Christian moorings where it was understood that our liberty was entitled to us by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” We must return to the absolute truths, ones we once held 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.”
If we as a Church and as a Nation will do this, then this will be our great security.
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