Property, Liberty, Jesus, and Our Country

“What America once was is not what America is anymore.  This is what it represented to the world through the lenses of time and human history and why so many people wanted to come here: it represented a physical place and an environment where people could literally own property and prosper because there were no laws and there was no bureaucracy restricting their liberty.   There were no taxes and you were free to all of the fruits of your labor.  You could live under God and grow as a person and develop your land and grow your own food, and prosper as you choose to exercise wisdom and industry.  Our founding fathers understood the sacred rights of mankind as they were written by the whole volume of human nature, a nature that was bestowed on us by Jesus.  God told Adam, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree whose fruit contains seed,” and also “Be fruitful, multiple, fill the earth, and subdue it.”

The heart of God is for people to own their own land, and for people to keep all the fruits of their labor, both literally and figuratively.  Isaiah 65:21, “People will build houses and live; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  They will not build and others live [in them]; they will not plant and others eat.”  The founding fathers thought that God has guided America through all the stages of its infancy as a nation, and that perhaps God had specifically guided human history to a point where it humankind could reap the benefits of the land.  Literally there was so much land that you could come to America, build a house, grow crops, develop industry, and simply live under God, free and full of life and happiness. As per John Adams, “I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

The Constitution was constructed to restrict a government from encroaching on their (and our) economic liberty as given to us by the Creator.  Many of them favored state power because they rationalized that you could restrict a states government from encroaching on liberty more easily than a large federal government.  The civil war was fought because a group of states took issue with the growing power of the federal government because they recognized that their liberty was at stake.  It is the epitome of irony, because those states were predominantly slave owning states.  They were restricting the hearts and minds and economic liberty of blacks.  Slavery was and is an affront against nature and the heart of God, because in order to keep someone enslaved you must keep their minds enslaved and their minds cannot grow as god intended.

The heart of God is for people to be free and prosper, and to grow in wisdom, and to be married and have children and to live life.  The heart of God is for people to pour into the people around them and encourage their growth and economic liberty.  I doubt our country realized what we lost in terms of what we lost in ourselves that as free men and women we didn’t put an end to slavery, and the fact it took an amendment to the constitution to end the idea that you as a man could own another man or woman’s body.  It goes against human nature and the very fabric of the human heart and the way God intended for us to live.  It hurts my heart that as men and women before the kings of kings the citizens of our early republic simply didn’t release their slaves.

Imagine the number of black people, and consequently the nation, that would have prospered by being introduced to the ideas of liberty and property rights.  There is another economic system to operate under, and that is the economic system of Jesus.  We could have grown alongside of each other and blessed each other.  My deepest hope is that our country begins to understand liberty and the free market again, because liberty creates the environment for people to prosper and be free.”

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