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Ray Rooney, Jr.: Where Is the Spirit of Patrick Henry?
Monday, August 26, 2013 12:04 PM

All that our Founding Father’s established through blood, sweat, and tears is in jeopardy today.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are being wiped from the American conscience.  Tens of millions of Americans have no job, no real desire to find one, and no shame in expecting those who do work to pay for their food, their phones, and their healthcare.  Lawlessness abounds throughout the nation because our leaders in Washington, D.C. seem to have no concern for the rule of law.  The Constitution is being shredded by the Executive and Judicial branches of our government while members of Congress are more concerned about the viability of their political careers than they are about the future of this great nation.  This country is in desperate need of a voice of truth and conviction that calls the faithful to action like it once had in Patrick Henry.

Have you ever read the famous speech he gave the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775 that concludes with “give me liberty or give me death”?  There is more than just the last comment that needs to be heard again in America.

The Convention began three days earlier (on the 20th) meeting in Richmond rather than the capitol, Williamsburg, to avoid a confrontation with the Governor (Dunmore) and the British military.  Henry wanted to organize a militia and prepare them for the conflict that loomed and was clearly inevitable.  But he was forced to listen for hours and even days to many of his fellow delegates who were counseling patience with the British.  They feared such a move would seem provocative and give the Crown the excuse to launch an attack.  Henry listened to as much of the calls to tolerance and patience as he could and rose one last time to speak at the Convention.  Here are a few excepts of what he said:

Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

The voice of the faithful Christian and patriot is virtually silent today because there is a fear of causing offense to those who refuse to acknowledge the moral decay and political corruption that is blatantly obvious to everyone.  Christians fear the charge of hypocrisy and patriots fear the response from the government at the hands of the IRS or the Department of Justice.  But look at what Henry said.  To him, failure to speak out and act were themselves acts of treason against his beloved country.  He shames today’s silent Christian by disclosing that were he to remain silent in his opposition to doing nothing he would consider it not only disloyal to his country but to his God as well.  To Whom does the Christian ultimately answer?

I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House.

What more do conservative members of Congress need to hear or see to understand that the Executive and Judicial branches of government are out of control today?  Anti-Christian rhetoric continues to spew from the Pentagon and the Department of Justice.  Servicemen and women are being punished for their Christian views.  The DOJ has been caught red handed providing Mexican gangs and cartels with weapons (and lying about it).  The Internal Revenue Service was caught targeting conservatives (even during the height of the scandal when Congressional hearings were taking place).  A court decision overrode the results of millions of voters in California concerning homosexual marriage.  And as of yet not one thing has been done to bring the murderers of four Americans (one of which was our Ambassador) who were victims of terrorism in Benghazi to justice.  As Henry states above, what gives any member of Congress the idea that things are about to change for the better?  How is not forcing the President to shut down the government by defunding Obamacare going to turn things around? How is letting Benghazi and the IRS scandal fade into obscurity going to make the world safer for Americans and protect free speech from the IRS?

There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free--if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

At some point there has to be a call to action.  We remain daily under the threat of attack from Islamic jihadists (some of which are hiding within our own military…Nidal Hasan et. al).  Our own government continues to force Christians to violate their religious convictions by funding Planned Parenthood, demanding they provide services to homosexuals, and by trying to erase all Christian artifacts and symbols from public view.  We may not be to the point of taking up arms against our own government (although the government’s attack on the Second Amendment shows that it believes that day is on the horizon) but if our members of Congress continue to go along with where we are heading by refusing to take a stand demanding accountability and refusing to fund those things that are clearly unconstitutional, then what hope have we that America will do anything but end up a third world banana republic?  If members of the Christian community will not rise up with a unified voice saying “No!” to the sins of our own government and call on God to deliver us from this evil…we deserve to lose our standing and voice.

Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.

Where is the confidence in the God who established the universe and this nation by those who claim to be His?  The Holy Bible teaches the power of repentance and prayers are beyond the capacity of evil to restrain them.  The tens of millions of Christians in America are not weak or impotent, nor is their God.  Yet the Church in America seems unable even to acknowledge that sin is sin for fear of being branded primitive and intolerant.  The Church is seeking culture’s approval rather than God’s!  No, the Church isn’t even bothering to ask God to fight for us because it believes victory isn’t a politically correct thing to seek.

Finally, we come to Henry’s closing appeal and remonstrance:

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Are we willing to exchange the freedom that was purchased at such great cost just so others can live without being offended?  Is political correctness more important than Almighty God?  Do political careers trump the Divine expectation of righteousness?  Is our mere existence worth the cost of our heritage, integrity, and freedom?  It wasn’t to Patrick Henry.  Is it to you?

Ray Rooney, Jr.

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