A Course of Action by Robert Socha
What is the best course of action for those of us who believe in individual Liberty? What are we to do who are eager to restrain our elected officials to the confines of our constitutions and charters, Federal, State, and Local?
First, we start by ensuring our own house is clean. Scripture admonishes us to remove the log from our eye before helping our neighbor remove the spec of dust from their eyes. The obvious takeaway here is to ensure we are not the one who stinks. Realizing every one of us is fallible, we must endeavor to clean hands and pure hearts as we march toward true individual freedom, where we are free to exercise our rights so long as we don’t infringe on the rights and property of others.
Second, we remind ourselves of the foundations of our Liberty. We study the classic laws and bills passed through the ages, especially in English speaking countries, that precipitated our advance to self-rule. Go back and refresh your memory on the vital documents cultivating these United States. Documents(1) including, but not limited to: the English Common Charter of 1100, the Magna Carta, 1215, signed at Runnymeade, The Mayflower Compact, the English Petition of Right in 1628, the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, the English Bill of Rights of 1689, up to the Declaration of Independence, whose 56 signers pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, culminating in the Consitution of the United States of America, drafter September 17, 1787.
Most importantly, in our endeavor to remind ourselves of Liberty’s foundation, we take a long pause and reflect on the Cross of Christ, setting our hearts right before the Lord. Reflecting on Jesus’ exhortation, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18(2) We petition Heaven on behalf of our duties to mankind and then sit back and listen, waiting to hear the still small voice direct us in building the Kingdom of God.
What could our role be in this endeavor? I charge it is imperative we choose to serve our communities in whatever capacities are available to us. There are boards and councils ad nauseam begging for good people to enlist their talents and help their friends and neighbors. It is one reason I chose to run for city council last year and why I charge us today to be active.
We have grown so comfortable we think it is normal for us to walk out of a 20-degree day into a 70-degree home. We take for granted the air-conditioned comfort that is available. There is no condemnation for this. These advances in technology and comfort are afforded us through industrial mechanisms and the ability to create wealth. Most of us seem to grow complacent as we enjoy the fruits of industrialized labor.
I believe it would do us well to remember these elements we take for granted are relatively new in the human experience. Things like: “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” guns, private property rights, free speech, automobiles, air travel, air-conditioned comfort, supply-chain economics, and more.
I tend to focus on the national temperature, investing time and energy in its health, which is necessary. I choose to focus and engage things happening at the local level. If we can change our local politics to reflect the Freedom that Christ died on the Cross to provide, which was amplified on the road from Runnymeade to Philadelphia, and codified in Law in our United States Constitution, maybe we can encourage our neighboring towns and cities to do the same. Our state and federal governments’ impact will naturally help in our return to self-rule and grant ourselves that life, Liberty, and property promised. Join me.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here