I was recently in a restaurant and saw a woman with a t shirt that inspired this piece. The woman was carrying a toddler girl, presumably her granddaughter, and was wearing a shirt that depicted the American flag and the New Testament verse of 2nd Corinthians 3:17.
I am afraid that many Americans who consider themselves patriotic have misconstrued this verse, including the aforementioned woman wearing it and the flag emblazoned on her shirt. Let us first read the verse. 2nd Corinthians 3:17 is the following:
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”.
Where most Christians and patriots go off is by reading this verse (and much of the Bible) totally out of context. It is always best to read a couple of verses before and after a scripture verse to ensure proper context. A reading of such, or better yet the whole chapter, will show that this verse is not referring to political liberty.
The end of chapter 3 and the beginning of chapter 4 deal with spiritual blindness and hardness of heart on the part of Christ rejecting Jews, and the deliverance of the gospel. It speaks that the Old Testament law, which contained both the unchanging moral code of God and many temporary ceremonial statutes, was not as glorious as the new covenant (3:7). The apostle Paul is showing that New Testament believers, be they converted Jews or (Greeks) Corinthians, were liberated from the ceremonial aspects of the Old Testament law.
This verse does not deal with human governments, or political or economic liberty. It certainly does not free/liberate man from the unchanging moral commands of Almighty God –moral standards which existed long before the covenant with physical Israel at Sinai.
Let there be no mistake. I most certainly support the political liberty of Americans and the U.S. Bill of Rights, and I oppose socialism. I am just stating the 2nd Corinthians 3:17 is not talking about this type of liberty.
But let me play the twist a scripture game for my patriot audience for a moment. Let us claim that this verse somehow applies to political liberty, and the current situation in America (as evidenced by the flag coupled with the verse on the woman’s t shirt).
Is America free? I wrote a brief essay on this back subject on July 11th of this year on this blog entitled Looking Up At The Cliff. ( https://putnamlibertynotes.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/looking-up-at-the-cliff/ )For those to apathetic to read it, I have written the following long paragraph.
Look at the damage of the Woodrow Wilson administration: that included the “ratification” of the 16th Amendment, the 17th Amendment, the creation of the IRS and the Federal Reserve System. And Wilson enacted a draft to rip American boys from their homes to go kill –and die- in a pointless war in Europe against their ethnic brothers. Then FDR came along with his openly socialist policies, confiscation of privately owned gold, the NFA 34, his court packing scheme, new unconstitutional bureaucrats, and entry into another unnecessary war in Europe. Soon after FDR’s death we entered the United Nations. Then came the 1960s, more socialism, the GCA 68, and openly anti-white legislation. Finally we got Roe v Wade, even more wicked and tyrannical laws, and Dubya’s “war on (of) terror” and suspension of civil liberties. Then Barry took over and gave us socialized medicine via ObamaCare and openly pro-sodomite legislation (like marriage recognition and men in women’s public bathrooms).
If 2nd Corinthians 3:17 was referring to political liberty, would not our obvious lack of liberty be open evidence that the Spirit of the Lord is no longer among us? Just a thought.
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