It is estimated that only 3% of the colonists supported the first War for American Independence. Of those, there were undoubtedly a few that had financial and other motivations.
But history indicates that the majority of that 3% were Christian Patriots who were breaking away from religious oppression.
Today, some are aware of what those few accomplished but a scant few know how they accomplished what they did. How could the marksmanship, or warfare skills, alone, of a very meager few prove victorious over the greatest, largest army of in the world? There is no earthly way.
But there is a heavenly way. Those few men, women and children had the grace and faith of God working with them. “Ill have no King but King Jesus” was their battle cry.
I’ll have no King but King Jesus
One major component of that victory which modern Christians miss today is that it wasn’t the grit and determination of the revolutionists alone that won the day; ultimately it was their faith that empowered their grit and determination. Faith in the “Greater One” is what saw those men, women and children through their darkest nights; after all, “without faith it is impossible to please Him“.
But faith without love is dead
but faith which works by love.
But it wasn’t even just faith that propelled those courageous men and women, it was love; love for God, family, each other, and the land.
Now before you read the next sentence, I ask you to please give me a chance to explain it; here it is. Today there is a severe lack of love; in fact it seems that true love is now such an anomaly that few of us really even know what it is.
What is love?
Most who read this would identify themselves as Christian. As Christians, the entire Bible can be summarized by one word or concept; love. Jesus was asked:
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
The greatest, most important commandment of the Bible is to love; love God and each other. It is out of this love for God, countrymen and country that propelled that 3% to victory. So if love is the greatest commandment of the Bible, and if faith works through love, shouldn’t we at least know what the Bible really has to say about it? Yet few of us can because few of us know.
We need to return to this most foundational of all Biblical principles; love. True, Biblical love will win the day.
I’ll see you out in the field,