"Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you'll live--at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take OUR FREEDOM!"
--William Wallace (Braveheart)
In his Christmas column, Judge Nap asks several penetrating questions regarding the relationship between God and the State (what he calls 'government as god'). Let's list a few of them here.
What if many folks today have rejected the true God for government-as-god?
What if the government-as-god has set itself up as providing for all secular needs in return for fidelity to it?
What if this seductive offer has been accepted by millions of Americans?
What if the defiance inherent in the belief of government-as-god chills the exercise of personal freedoms for fear of the loss of government munificence?
What if Jesus came to set us free from the yoke of government oppression and the chains of personal sin?
What if freedom is our birthright, given to us by the true God, not by the government-as-god?
What if the most similar likeness between us mortals and the true God is freedom?
What if we have failed to preserve freedom and have permitted governments to take it from us?
What if we are not full people without full freedom?
If freedom is God's gift and Christ came to remove the yoke of government from our necks, then that means we possess the capacity, and the authority, to reclaim that freedom from the State.