“Those who refuse to be governed by God will be governed by tyrants.” William Penn
If you search the Internet, you’ll find slight variations of the quote above. Some even assign the quote to someone other than William Penn.
Either way, what really matters is the meaning behind the quote. As we approach July 4, let us remember what liberty stands for. Our liberty is defined by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Liberty is not the same as licentiousness. For example, we are not free to murder, rape, steal, or commit perjury without consequences. Licentiousness is equated with lawlessness and immorally (especially sexual immorality).
A country that turns away from God opens the door to tyranny. I love America. I love patriotic symbols and slogans, but I love revival even more. Only revival–like the First and Second Great Awakenings–will set this nation on the right course. God is patient and long-suffering, but He cannot bless a nation that shakes its fist at Him in defiance. (Read Deuteronomy chapters 27 and 28.)
Pray for revival. Pray for one another and pray for our leaders. Pray that we will individually and as a nation seek God and His ways. God will give us wisdom and freedom if we repent and turn back to Him.