As many of you already know, I filed for the County Council campaign this past Monday in the 5th district of Anne Arundel County. It is interesting to watch some of the reactions. There are those who decry my campaign, claiming I would impose a theocracy upon our county. It would appear that they think my belief system is a danger to their liberty; that somehow believing, as our Founders did, that there is a Creator God, the God of the Bible and that our Rights come from Him, and that the sole purpose of human civil government is to secure and protect those God given rights. They think that is a very dangerous idea.
They think that liberty can only be achieved by a government which denies that God has anything to say regarding the goals, the reach and the powers of human civil government. In other words they like what we have now, godless government with tyrannically reaches into every nook and cranny of our lives, takes a disproportionate amount of the fruit of our labor, controls and regulates everything imaginable, and then some. It appears they would rather have a government that violates the law of God rather than keeps the law of God.
People say they want liberty, yet God's Word clearly teaches us that liberty under Gods' law is the only true path to freedom. All else is simply one or another road to serfdom and slavery. Turn to Exodus 13:17-18 where will see this Biblical teaching demonstrated in the Exodus from Egypt.
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And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
The children of Israel were liberated from the bondage of Egypt. But now what would happen to them? They were free, but wandering in a barren trackless desert on their own would quickly exhaust the little food they had brought with them, not to mention the water. Liberty from bondage yes, but without direction, without a superintending providential hand to look out for their best interests they were doomed to become food for jackals.
The route God planned for His people would have taken approximately 3 months, but as we shall see, it turned into 40 years due to the rebelliousness and disobedience of Israel. We learn two important truths from this experience. First, our natural inclinations are not always our best choice - we think we know what is best, but our information is limited, it is finite. But God's knowledge is all encompassing. He can see things we never even knew were there. I imagine most Israelites had no idea about the Philistines, they had no inkling what it would be like to go up against them in battle.
The second truth we learn in this passage is that God will bring trials into our lives for our ultimate good. The children of Israel were about to leave all civilization behind; they were about to enter a difficult and at times painful trial in the wilderness. So much so that some at times pined to go back to Egypt, back to slavery. Liberty is not a pain free experience. All creature comforts would be stripped away, all the familiar rhythms of life disrupted. Food and water would not be readily available but only provided supernaturally. They would be dependent upon God as never before and God would use the trials of the 40 years of wilderness wandering for the ultimate good of the children of Israel.
What is best in our life, we may not always know. So ultimately it is God's direction and not our choices that lead to the path of blessing and the path of liberty. This is true not only for us individually, and as families and churches but also civil government. God's Law is always the best for all because God's Law is universal, it applies to everyone, everywhere and at all times. What a wonderful Savior is Jesus our Jesus. His law is our delight, for it brings the direction we need in this life. Indeed His truth is more precious to us than our daily bread. So while the world around us falsely believes that there can be freedom apart from God's Law, we know differently. We know true freedom comes in walking the path of liberty under God's Law.
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