Lexington, Concord and Sinai – Freedom is a Means, Not an End

EDITOR’S NOTE: This should have been posted on 4/19, but due to my mistake, this is posted late. I do believe the message is still important and hope all forgive my mistake.

Passover begins tonight. Today is the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord — the first engagement in the Revolutionary War. Both are about a people’s struggle for freedom ending with the giving of the Law — at Sinai in one case, in Philadelphia in the other.

Both concern a revolt against tyranny, Pharaoh and George III.  The Haggadah recounts God’s direct intervention in bringing the Children of Israel out of the house of bondage (“with a strong hand and an outstretched arm”).

The Exodus inspired the Colonists in their quest for freedom. When the Declaration of Independence was adopted, one of the signers said that on that day they had dethroned one monarch and put another (God) in his place. In Judaism, God is often referred to by the Hebrew word “melech” or king.

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Both the Exodus and American independence were a prelude to accepting the Law – the Torah and the U.S. Constitution. Freedom isn’t an end in itself but the road to something higher – acceptance of the Law that protects all people and creates a culture worthy of the name.

Today, the left is in open revolt against the Law of God and the Constitution. The Bible prohibits murder and men “lying” with men. The left sanctifies both, with abortion and “same-sex marriage.”

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and religion. The left denies both for words it finds  offensive. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to gun ownership. The left makes no secret that it intends to disarm law-abiding Americans.

Law is about justice. Tyranny is about chaos.

Thomas Paine wrote:

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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