Friends, we are Americans. We are not dead. This country was founded on principles. High principles. Not many nations can claim that. Most nations just emerged over time through warring clans- the strongest won and kept power. Eventually, many adopted constitutions like ours, but… guess who did it first? We did. When they saw the success of our nation, they decided to copy us. Our nation is unique in that we started out from a definitive point in time. At one time, we didn’t exist and then, suddenly, in an act of mighty will, we became. That, plus the fact that our founders were so determined that we base our country on fundamentally moral Principles is what set our nation truly apart from all nations in the world. This is something of which we should all be exceedingly proud.
Why do I bring this up now? Because I want to encourage all of you to be likewise principled in your own lives. Our early founders didn’t just speak the words of independence, freedom, morality and justice; they bled to make it happen. They personally sacrificed to make it happen. Men left their wives and children vulnerable on the frontier lands in order to join the American forces against the English Army. Many times, that decision led to the death of their wives and children by hostile Native Americans. That is personal sacrifice. Also, they gave up their crops and their families starved to death or went very hungry because of it. That is personal sacrifice. Mothers and wives lost their men to the war of Independence. That is personal sacrifice. These people didn’t just talk the talk- they put their real world finances, muscle and sinew behind their words of morality, principle and honor.
Without Action, our words are meaningless. Also, ineffectual. This nation would not exist without those personal sacrifices- no matter how many Constitutions were written and no matter how many beautiful speeches were given. The Bible tells us about putting our words into action. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. He did this as a demonstration to all of us that action must be the result of our words; love is not a word; it is an action. Love is not an emotion. Interestingly enough, Action is not enough either. Both Word and Action must go together in the service of the Lord. One can’t do without the other. We must be people of Principle and Morality and we must Work to show that we are. Further, we must work & personally sacrifice to bring about the moral end for which we seek.
Our nation was founded by Christian people who demonstrated their principles by their works. That is why, I believe, God blessed this nation so incredibly. We are still Americans and we are still a Christian nation. We are still a Principled People. We must remain a People of Faith and a People of Action or we are nothing. Let us not become a weak people full of fear.
There is not a generation before us that did not have a reason to fear. Every generation has had cause. We have the power to choose how we respond to life! Let us not become a People who ‘covers our butts’, who ‘takes care of number one’, who ‘doesn’t know what might happen tomorrow.’ That is not how a Child of God lives. That is not how an American lives. We are made in the image of God. God creates with his speech. We, too, create with our speech. We create our very lives with our speech. If we speak fear of the future, then we will have fear. If we speak courage and faith of the future, then that is what we shall have. The circumstances simply don’t matter. And that is the truth. No one knows the future, so no can can be right in their predictions. Thus, you choose how to deal with today and tomorrow. That is your power. The power of creation. All in your speech. You are made in the image of God. You are that powerful.
We live in HOPE! We live by PRINCIPLE! We live in FREEDOM! We live in FAITH! We give all that we have for JUSTICE! Let us not be a People full of hot wind and words. I am fighting this case to be an example to all of you. Cal and I are giving almost everything we own to fight for the cause of JUSTICE- not to save our own skins. We have already given all our wealth. There is nothing more my rapist can take from us. We did this as an example to you.
God is with us in this fight. I want you to also be more than the set of your personal problems. Stand for more than your own needs. Be more than your own life. Represent and live for a higher purpose. If we can do this, so can you. Emulate us. Let us continue to be Americans and Children of God. Let us always be a People of Actions as well as Words. Otherwise, we just become cowards like the rest of the world. That would satisfy satan. That would make him rub his hands and his stomach with great satisfaction. No. I defy that. Defy it with me.
Some supporting verses below:
“7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life,because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”– 1 John 3
“12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”– Romans 12
“9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”– Romans 12
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.– Romans 8
“Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. ”
5 Keep your life free from love of money, andbe content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”
“16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”– Hebrews 13
“7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 4