Published during the English Civil War, this book argued for the absolute power of the monarch, therefore a system that was NOT guided by the will of the people. In opposition to that philosophy espoused by Hobbes and another man, Robert Filmer, John Locke published his Two Treatises of Government in 1689. He argued that kings do NOT have a divine right and an absolute authority. Instead, all people are made equal and independent by God and all have natural rights to defend their “Life, health, Liberty, or Possessions." They may at various times form governments in which they give up certain rights to the government in a social contract in exchange for safety, security, and the general welfare, but the rights still belong to the people and derive from the people, which, in their turn, come from God. I have a sneaking suspicion that Satan is behind this constant desire to take away people’s rights. Satan always relies on force, ramming the round peg into the square hole, pridefully imposing his will, rather than letting people freely choose as they are guided by God individually.
I cannot say enough about the rights of the people and the common wisdom of the people as God spreads His gifts generously throughout the population, wanting everyone to have the ability to live an abundant life and for everyone to have the tools to live it with unique skills, knowledge, abilities, or experiences that are important to the bigger picture, the grand tapestry of God’s Creation and His Plans for humanity. He spreads so many gifts generously among the people because He wants us all to have meaningful lives, He wants each of us to be able to contribute to the greater good in our own unique way, and He wants us to interact with one another, guiding us each into countless encounters with people over a lifetime, each one enriching our lives as we also enrich theirs, each person we meet adding a thread to the unique tapestry of our individual experiences. But it all starts with our rights when we are born that give us the latitude to be the best person we can become over a lifetime. And of all the rights, the highest, most important right in God’s Natural Law is the right to self-defense, the right to protect oneself from tyranny or evil and the right to protect the lives, bodies, and property of ourselves and our loved ones, especially when civil authorities break down or are too weak or ineffective to protect us.
This is the power of last resort when all else fails, using violence against another human being, when nothing else will work, but it is our right to use this violence when nothing else will work. This right and the others that we enjoy are unprecedented in human history. I truly believe that the United States as a nation was ordained by God to fulfill His Will for a safe place of refuge in this fallen world, a beacon of light and truth for all countries throughout His earth. It was God’s idea and God’s plan all along. He simply inspired common people like you and me, putting His Power and His Vision into very ordinary people, making them into amazing people along the way, just as He has done countless times throughout the ages. His Strength and Spiritual Power become miraculously perfect and effectual in our weakness and submission of heart, producing amazing people and resulting in amazing events in human history such as our country’s founding. But He cannot work without a humble heart that yields readily to his Masterful touch as He shapes our hearts, minds, and character. The humble heart gives Him room to operate so that He can produce miracles, with the glory for the results always pointing back to Our Boundlessly Loving, Amazing God.
I cannot stress enough, however, that all powers and rights derive from God Himself and are given directly to the people throughout earth for their general welfare and enjoyment of life. And any usurpation of those powers and rights apart from His Almighty Wisdom is a blatant violation, without proper authority, and is an affront to The Most High God Himself who is the guarantor of all these rights and privileges. This current seizure of our God-given rights, without due process of legislation and against the will of the people, is an arrogant power grab as he puts himself in a place that only God should occupy. It is tyranny pure and simple. I do not hate the man. I truly appreciate the fact that he’s the first black man to hold that office, a remarkable milestone in our nation’s bumpy journey toward full racial equality and respect. But his current path is a path of defiance against God. Furthermore, I have nothing but pity in my heart for all who go their own ways, defying our God and rejecting His Love in favor of their own prideful lives of self-aggrandizement and self-indulgence, because I know most assuredly that there will come a Day of Judgment by the Most High God, and all shall give an accounting of themselves and their lives to Our Creator.
All shall be Righteously Judged, and all shall be rewarded or punished eternally for their deeds, thoughts, and words during their mortal lives. Those whose names are not written in the Holy Lamb’s Book of Life, covered by His Perfect Blood, shall spend eternity in torment, condemned by their own wickedness and prideful, willful rejection of His Offer of Redemption.
I pray today that you will make sure your redemption, covered by Jesus' Precious Blood, and entering into covenant relationship with God for the remainder of your life. If you already belong to Him, I pray that you will fully enjoy all of your God-given rights today and will give proper gratitude to Our Glorious, Infinitely Loving Creator.