My Independence Day Manifesto

My Independence Day Manifesto

On Sunday morning, someone greeted me with the words “Happy Fourth of July!” It was an ordinary enough thing to do, and I gave her a courteous response. But this time, it kind of set me off inside.

We do not celebrate a number on the calendar, a day when we just happen to have a random tradition of setting off fireworks and firing up the grill. We celebrate “Independence Day,” the date our nation’s founders determined to purchase freedom for themselves–at any price. And that freedom is under assault now, in a way perhaps it has never been since our nation’s founding.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

A dear friend who was visiting from another country once asked me what I consider so special about the U.S.A. My answer? We are the longest-running and most successful experiment with the idea that “we the people” don’t need a ruling class–some form of oligarchy. “We the people” are more than capable of governing ourselves via elected officials who “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

However, as Ronald Reagan put it so eloquently:

Ronald Reagan Freedom Never More Than One Generation Quote

Or, as Paul stated:

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)

Paul was referring to freedom from religious legalism, but IMO the principle applies more broadly. There are always powerful forces–human and spiritual–that would keep us enslaved for their own benefit. Freedom must always be won, cherished, and protected at a price.

And at the risk of stating what’s probably already obvious to you, we are in a pitched battle against those forces today! Therefore, I decided that morning to compose my own Independence Day Manifesto.

1.  Freedom of Speech

I will not be silenced in the public square of our day, even if my opinions don’t align with the Sacred Narrative approved by Big Tech and Big Media. From this day forward, I will focus my outreach efforts on platforms that do not “cancel” free thought and speech based on Biblical values. 

I remember joining many others in sounding the alarm months ago, when Twitter “canceled” Trump. It has become abundantly clear since that if you hold to Biblical morality, these platforms are not your friends. Why keep playing when the field isn’t level?

Look for me in the future on MeWe and Telegram rather than on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. (LOL. I’m not set up very well on either platform right now, but I’ll keep you posted.)

2. Freedom of Religion

From this day forward, I will not be prevented by any public emergency from “continually devoting myself to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to [communal] prayer…. ” (Acts 2:42)

In fact, a public emergency is all the more reason to double down on this! As Joel admonished his people, who faced impending judgment:

Blow a trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing infants.
Have the groom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers,
Weep between the porch and the altar,
And let them say, “Spare Your people, Lord,
And do not make Your inheritance a disgrace,
With the nations jeering at them.
Why should those among the peoples say,
“Where is their God?” (Joel 2:15-17)

3.  Freedom from Unwanted Medical Procedures

What does “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” even mean if it doesn’t include the ability to refuse medical procedures that I don’t believe are in my best interest? If I don’t have the freedom to determine what is done to my body, “a temple of the Holy Spirit within me” (1 Cor 6:19), what real freedom do I have?

I won’t belabor my thoughts on this now, although I’ve shared plenty in the past and I’m sure I’ll have more to say in the future. But the CDC’s own data records close to 7000 deaths that have been reported, linked in some way to the Covid-19 vaccines.

Screenshot from the CDC's VAERS system

(Here are the query filters that I used to obtain the statistics above from the CDC’s own VAERS database.)

Screenshot from CDC's VAERS system

Not to mention tens of thousands of other injuries deemed life-threatening or permanently disabling.

Where’s the outcry, you ask? Vaccine programs have been pulled in the past over less than 50 potentially linked fatalities, so how is it that nearly 7000 deaths seem not to be ringing any alarm bells?

That, my dear friend, is the question of the hour.

(In case you’re not convinced these numbers could possibly be real, please check out my previous post for lots more detail.)

Adverse effects on cardiovascular and neurological systems are commonly reported after the Covid injections, as are worrisome menstrual irregularities among young women. I am personally close to people who have experienced severe and unexpected problems in these categories within weeks of their second jab. 

An elderly, but very fit, male friend with no known preexisting conditions died of a heart attack.

A woman I know well may be permanently disabled by her sudden and “unexplained” neurological condition.

Perhaps the most concerning are reports of hundreds of deaths from myocarditis–in healthy young men and teens!

The safety panel acknowledged more than 1,200 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in 16- to-24-year-olds who received an mRNA COVID vaccine, mostly occurring in males after the second dose.

For that demographic, the injection is clearly proving much more dangerous than the disease. Yet they’re pushing forward with the jabs in that age group–and trials even for infants–anyway! Why??

No thank you. Not for me–for this and quite a number of reasons.

Parting Thought

I suspect I will expand on this little manifesto as the events of our day carry us along. But let me close for now with a quote that always stirs my heart. These are the words of George Barr, Jacob DeShazer, Robert Hite and Chase Nielson, as they reflect on their harrowing experience as WWII POWs that inspired my first novel.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

The meaning of those words really comes home to you when you are confined by a brutal enemy who totally reject the concept of individual liberty.

We were not what you would call religious men before we were captured. We went to Sunday school and church when we were kids… We memorized Bible verses and listened to sermons and said grace at meals. We knew the Ten Commandments. But we never really understood the meaning behind those words and the source of strength they represented in our lives….

We were given the Bible to read. We found in its ripped and faded pages a source of courage and faith we never realized existed. The verses we memorized as children suddenly came alive and became as vital to us as food.

We put our trust in the God we had not really accepted before and discovered that faith in His Word could carry us through the greatest peril of our lives. Our United States, when still a young nation, proudly proclaimed its position to the world in its slogan “In God We Trust.” It is the only nation on earth that has its entire heritage resting on the firm foundation of faith in a God who rules the world with justice and mercy….

Those principles heartened the soldiers of the Revolutionary War… They served to help us through some of our most doubtful moments….

Our buddies… died to perpetuate those ideals. We do not think they died in vain.

– George Barr, Jacob DeShazer, Robert Hite and Chase Nielson, Four Came Home (Carroll V. Glines, 1995)

My freedom was purchased at a supreme price. First and foremost, the blood of my Eternal Savior. Joined by that of hundreds of millions of heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for the ideals of democracy and freedom. May I never sell their sacrifice short by relinquishing those freedoms lightly!

Doolittle Raiders Our Buddies Died to Perpetuate

Doolittle Raider Lt. Robert Hite, captive in Tokyo. April, 1942

If you’ve never opened God’s freeing gift of salvation through Jesus (Rom 3:23, 6:23), please please please be persuaded to do it now! It’s simple. Just tell God from your heart that you admit you’re a sinner that needs a Savior (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23) that you’re done running your own life, and that you’re ready to make Jesus Lord of your life.

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom 10:9-11)

The decision that saves you is that simple!

Simple… But no one said living it out will be easy. Especially now.

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  1. Rita says:

    I love this. I felt this way this year also. Bravo to you for using your freedom of speech to say what you’ve said here.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Rita! It is a little amazing to me how many Christian authors continue to treat social media like it’s all business as usual, when all those platforms have stabbed us in the chest! It is hard to break from what you’ve done in the past if it has been at least somewhat successful, but you know how the frog gets boiled, right?

  2. Giea Kennedy says:

    Wow! Eloquently stated. These sentiments reverberate across the country. The scripture from Joel JOLTED me. It’s precisely what God’s people, in unison, should be doing. When it is not possible in person, for a time, we are fortunate to have forums online with which we are able to connect and unite. Stand firm, therefore!

    • I AM sorry for the slow response, Giea! The volume of spam comments I get is unbelievable, and sometimes real comments just get hidden. 🙁 🙁 Thanks so much for taking a moment to share some encouragement. We studied Joel in a small group Bible study a few years ago, and I was also rocked at how relevant that ancient book is to this moment in time! Thanks again! God bless, Linda

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