The American Revolution was the result of pent up grievances caused by an oppressive governance. Colonialists were treated as minions, or as gears and cogs in the wheel of an economic engine by the British monarchy. Like tossed-aside smoldering sullied rags in an airless closet of a greasy machine shop, or the bone dry silage in a poorly ventilated silo, the disenfranchised are likely to suddenly burst into flame with a spark. The fresh air of fairness is the best stabilizer for society and an invisible peace-keeper of civil order and domestic tranquility. Even the congregants of the early Christian church balked at a perceived unfairness in the distribution of goods, favors, and kindness during its infancy.
The Bible itself warns parents about the danger of provoking our “children to wrath.” America is based on a common ideal of individual rights, which are God given, (not government given) creating what is commonly described as “the consent of the governed.” Take God out of that equation, and all bets are off. The result will be catastrophic, resulting in a revolution, coup, or collapse of order. From those ruins will rise Fascism, Iron-fisted Communism, Nihilism, Tribalism, or Anarchy. Nations that reject the authority of the Bible, breed Authoritarianism.
Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That is only the first step to real liberty and breaking the chains of tyranny. The second step to real freedom is just as important. “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
A Christianity without Christ’s “yoke” is a joke. Real faith trusts God enough to bow its head and gladly slip into the harness of Heaven. With faith in Christ, Satan’s chain is broke and the sinner is freed and WOKE (as seekers of civil justice like to say today). But it is through the gravitas of gratitude, and the grateful consent of the governed that we enter into an eternal partnership with God and experience his grace and power. We can be assured, that He who loads the wagon will help us carry the load. -id