What is the Perfect Law of Liberty, and How is This Cornerstone to Our Personal Liberty?
America is at a crossroads concerning this "perfect law of liberty." Understanding the answer to the above question is extremely important and is critical for "We the People" of this "Land of the Free," if we hope to perpetuate and protect our liberty. My good friend, Jim Noorlander, has helped me to understand the answer to this pivotal question. I share here some of his perspectives.
Many believe that liberty and freedom are the same; they are not. We will explain, and many say that our founding documents do not address moral law or the gospel of Jesus Christ. John Adams said, "Our Constitution is made only for a moral and religious people." Noah Webster, the founding father of American Scholarship and Education, and the author of the famous 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, proclaimed that "the principles of republican government have their origin in the Scriptures." And "God’s word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct."
We have the Apostle Paul’s clarion statement, "... where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17) The Apostle James gives the promise: "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:25)
We see this same message integrated into our founding documents. As we declared our independence from Great Britain, our founders said,
The perfect law of liberty under Nature’s God, as defined above in the Scriptures, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Scriptures our founders wrote our famous Constitution and its preamble; the preamble reads:
In other words, to secure the blessings of liberty under Nature’s God (Jesus Christ), the Constitution was established so that the perfect law of liberty (the gospel of Jesus Christ) could be had among the people in this free and independent nation. Profoundly, there is no coercion. Moral agency is paramount in Heavenly Father’s perfect plan of happiness and in the abundant life promised by Jesus Christ. (John 10:10)
As inferred from our founding documents and from the Scriptures, we qualify for the blessings of liberty and our rights from our Creator (Jesus Christ) as we:
The most important of the commandments are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. (Matt. 22:37-40)
Noah Webster said that he sought to build an education system embodying "a love of virtue, patriotism, and religion [meaning the Bible]." Specifically, he stated, "...the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."
As Jim Noorlander pointed out to me, we are the only nation proclaiming that our liberties and our rights are granted to us by our Creator (Nature’s God), which is the Lord Jesus Christ. How important then it is to learn about the religion of our Creator, which is true Christianity as taught by the Savior in the New Testament in the meridian of time. (John 1:1-14). This is the religion of our founders.
Others have spoken clearly on these issues as well:
There are two kinds of freedom: the false and the true.
Furthermore, as my good friend, Jim, points out the following very important principle: "We never use [true] freedom to destroy liberty." If as a nation, we turn from the God of this Land (Jesus Christ), how can we expect the perpetuation of our rights (of life, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness, and of private protected property with an adequate defense system – designed to protect the people of this free land.
Thus we see why we are at a crossroads in America. We can choose Christ and enjoy the protection of our rights along with the fruits of the Spirit (peace, love, joy, etc. Galatians 5:22-25) in the midst of the storms and challenges of life. Or, we can choose otherwise and be destroyed with Babylon the great, which will surely fall (Revelations 17: & 18:). We are approaching a time of a great purging and preparing of a pure people (a true Zion society motivated by the pure love of Christ) to be part of the Bride to meet the Bridegroom at His glorious coming – the Great Day of the Lord. This is the most exciting and opportune time in the history of the earth. Let us choose Him, and He will teach us to love as He loves (even our enemies) and gain a fulness of joy and the greatest of all the gifts of God – Eternal Life. Look to God and live the abundant life He has promised here and hereafter. (John chapters 10 and 14 through 17)
Jesus said, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36) – free individually from sin and free as a nation as we worship Christ as the King of Heaven. Through Christ we were given this land of the free that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the perfect law of liberty, may be shared among the people of this great nation,. And that furthermore, it may be shared with all the inhabitants of the earth (see Isaiah 2: & 11: and Matt. 28:19-20 & Mark 16:15-16). Living the gospel of Jesus Christ means to learn how to love as He loves as we exercise faith in Him and His teachings, to repent of all our sins, and to forgive all that we may be forgiven of all. As we are filled with His love, we will want to share His love. As the gospel goes to the world and they learn that "God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," (John 3:16) they will sing praises of rejoicing as they also learn that Jesus set the perfect example of love and service before us, and that He is "the way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6) In Him is the greatest of joy in this life and a fullness of joy in the world to come. (Psalms 16:11)
The pains that John the Revelator saw that the world would endure, as the wicked destroy the wicked and the Lord brings forth the "man child" called Zion, will be the worst this world has ever seen, but with the birth we will know not only that it was worth it, but will see the wisdom of the Lord in bringing forth the most glorious era ever (His millennial reign). We will feel to praise Him and to thank Him forever for it. (Rev.12:1-12)
Now is the time to hearken to the voice of the Son of God and to stand for the perfect law of liberty as was originally protected and projected by the sacred documents prepared by our founding fathers. The fullness of the gospel (the good news of Christ’s infinite redemptive powers) is at the heart of it all. Let us help all who will to come to know Him and our Holy Father, who is ever there to hear and answer our prayers. He and Jesus love us more than we know. Their promise is sure, that "The Righteous [are] lifted up" at His Coming.
In summary, what are the greatest truths we can learn and inculcate from the Bible to perpetuate liberty?
Posted by SDA, Apr. 16, 2010