Heart and Soul

America’s soul is individual liberty.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 (NIV)

The meaning of America’s soul resides in the American heart.

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. – Mark 7: 21-22 (NIV)

At our Nation’s birth, we declared that our nation’s soul derived from unalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator and among them were life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That implies that if our liberty, our national soul, is endowed to us by our Creator, then it can only be taken from us by our creator, “the One who can destroy both soul and body…” The United States of America is just the body in which the national soul resides.

All that we are as a country, past, present and future is determined by another God-given gift. It is a mind with which we can reason and the ability to choose our paths in pursuit of liberty. Our path toward and what defines the destination is determined by what is in our hearts – those elusive American values so taunted, yet ill-defined, by the political class who would lead us toward fulfillment of the promise held by our national soul. Our founders warned us that the survival of this republic depended largely on the morality of the governed.

Now we stand conflicted. Never before in the history of our country has the choices placed before us been so clear. Maybe that is what our founders knew when they declared “a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” for the defense of our national soul. Maybe it is by that sought after divine intervention that at this time in our history we are offered choices that stand in such stark contrast.

There are diametrically opposed hearts vying to define our national soul. It is spiritual warfare on a planet wide scale. This warfare can destroy the body that is the United States of America, but it cannot destroy her soul. If Americans choose wisely, we will recapture and fortify our soul and the American spirit. Our alternative is the breakdown of society that produces the images we see from London and the mobs of thugs we see popping up around our country.

One choice tells us that we must seek that divine providence, a reliance on God – the Creator that endowed us with those unalienable rights. The other choice is that there is no God on which we must rely. Men pursue Gods of their own creation – money, power…. If there is no God then there is no source for our declared unalienable rights. This liberty must then be man-given. What man gives, man can take away.

One choice tells us that the cornerstone of our society is the American family. A male father and a female mother fulfilling their parenting role and raising respectful children capable of making good life choices. The other choice tells us that marriage does not have to be between and man and a woman and that it can just as well be between same-sexed couples who can then raise children who will believe and act as they do. The other is single-parenting by choice or as a slave to a welfare system. If you want to understand the street mobs and poverty in America, look at the linked study and the percentage of children born to single-parents (all races 40.6%; White non-Hispanic 28.6%; Hispanic 52.5%; Black, non-Hispanic 72.3%). The American family is dying and with it America.

One choice tells us that the right to life begins at conception and must be protected. The other choice tells us that a woman has a choice to carry her unborn child to term or kill it. The millions of unborn children killed by abortion is worse than any other genocide by man in the history of humankind. Our country condones it. Will our Creator forgive it? If you believe that there is no Creator then I suppose it is not an issue for you.

In our nation’s house we celebrate homosexuality. We support abortion on demand. We honor Islam. We place images of a communist mass murder on a Whitehouse Christmas tree. We are offered a clear choice.

God, family and life. When those are not important, the national soul is at risk. Our choices are about much more than the economy. We must open our eyes and our hearts and make the right ones.

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