A little more than 40% of millennials today say they prefer socialism. To me, this is the most troubling indicator of a dark future for America if it’s not turned around.
What would make this younger generation unimpressed with freedom or the great costs paid by so many brave souls to secure it? They must not want freedom or appreciate it. They would rather trade it for a socialistic dream and the empty promises of a man-made utopia, something which has always historically ended in a nightmare and dystopia for dozens of countries.
Although I would not venture to portray myself as a sage, I’m confident that I know what’s at the heart of this foolishness. It is because, generally speaking, millennials and their parents possess little or no understanding of the intense spiritual nature of freedom.
Liberty wasn’t born out of the United States Congress but from the heart of God. It is an inalienable right – a God-given right – a right which belongs to all men everywhere and in every age. The government doesn’t grant inalienable rights. Its task is to protect them. No person, no group, no government, is authorized by our Creator God to infringe upon what is the absolute inherent privileges of being made in the image of God or might interfere with one’s duty to God. When we try to separate liberty from the spiritual, when we base it in human definitions and objectives alone, freedom is corrupted, counterfeited, and dies.
The renowned Methodist minister, the late J. Wallace Hamilton, explained the fantastic spiritual nature of liberty by suggesting a paraphrase of Jesus’ words, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). Hamilton paraphrased the text to read, “Man does not live by freedom alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,” which is to say that freedom is not an end in itself.
Hamilton said, “If men are disillusioned about freedom, it is not freedom that has failed us but false freedom, freedom divorced from the great words of God…Every attempt to find freedom at the expense of other compelling ideals leads to famine, futility, and disillusionment.”
Charles Spurgeon also spoke along these same lines and admonished: “We do well to look upon the word of the Lord [The Bible] as though it were newly spoken into our ear; for in very truth it is not decayed by years, but is as forcible and sure as though newly uttered. Precepts are prized when it is seen that they come forth from the lips of our Father who is in heaven. The same lips which spoke us into existence have spoken the law by which we govern that existence. Whence could a law so sweetly proceed as from the mouth of our covenant God? Well may we prize beyond all price that which comes from such a source.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rev. Mark H. Creech