if a man is without faith, he must serve someone and if he is free, he must believe.

“When a nation’s religion is destroyed, doubt takes a grip upon the highest areas of intelligence, partially paralyzing all the others.  Each man gets used to having only confused and vacillating ideas on matters which have the greatest interest for himself and his fellows.  He puts up a poor defense of his opinions or abandons them and, as he despairs of ever resolving by himself the greatest problems, presented by human destiny, he beats a cowardly retreat into not thinking at all.
Such a state cannot fail to weaken the soul, strains the forces of the will, and shapes citizens for slavery.  Not only do the latter allow their freedom to be taken from them, they often give it up….. Being unable to recover their ancient beliefs, they find a ruler…..if a man is without faith, he must serve someone and if he is free, he must believe.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835).

As I read these insightful words penned by Alexis de Tocqueville over 170 years ago, I was reminded of a few other inspired words written almost 2000 years ago.

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“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,” (Romans 1:20-22, NASB95)

Sadly, as Americans, we have the ‘opportunity’ to see this truth found in God’s word made ever more clear in our nation.  Fortunately, God is still on His throne and His promise of freedom is still resounding throughout the earth, even while so many within our nation are willingly opting for chains.

“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:20-23, NASB95)

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36, NASB95)

May our hearts turn back to Jesus, the only Name under Heaven able to save that we may be free!!!  May our desire be that America Bless God!  That she may remain the land of the free.

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