It's a famous refrain. Politicians and leaders use it in speeches. One of the most famous uses of it in my lifetime was in the remarks made by Martin Luther King in his "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington in August 1963.
It's a very succinct statement and very clear in it's meaning. The ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia so many years ago was a bold statement of freedom made by a new nation bravely fighting long odds against the British. A visit to the site is awe inspiring and along with its symbolic statement it should make all Americans proud to be part of a free nation.
But something has happened to us over the years. We've become soft and selfish, expecting things to happen without any hard work or sacrifice. We've stopped paying attention to what our political officials do and instead we've forfeited our own judgment to them, assuming they will do what is right and best for us. And we are unfortunately just now learning the error of our ways and the large cost of being lazy.
So are we going to cry in our beer or get busy? That's the question and as for me, I say we all must rise up, unite as a proud member of the greatest society ever created on earth, and stand up against the chains of tyranny that are rapidly closing in. Pay attention to civic events and what is going on in D.C., join forces with others around you who are also appalled and just say NO to tyranny. Recruit those around you and give them information. We outnumber them greatly and the force of freedom is strong whenever it is pushed by people of God. So get God in your heart and decide today that you will be silent no more. Let's do what we must to keep America free. She is worth it and any sacrifice required.
Will you sacrifice now or find yourself in bondage later? What's it gonna' be? It's crunch time. Let's get to work.