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"We have no king but Jesus!"

".........A slogan of the American Revolution, which was so distressing to the emissaries of the King of England that it was found in correspondence sent back to England, was the line, 'We have no king but Jesus.'

Tax collectors came asking for that which belonged to the king, and colonists frequently said, 'We have no king but Jesus.' It found its way into the fundamental documents of this great country.

You could quote the Declaration (of Independence) with me: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.'

Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different.

We have no king but Jesus. My mind, thinking about that once, raced back a couple of thousand years when Pilate stepped before the people in Jerusalem and said, 'Who would you have that I release unto you, Barabbas or Jesus, which is called the Christ.' And when they said, 'Barabbas,' he said, 'What about Jesus, the King of the Jews?' The outcry was, 'We have no king but Caesar.'(Matthew Chap. 27)

There's a difference between a culture that has no king but Caesar, no standard but the civil authority, and a culture that has no king but Jesus, no standard but the eternal authority.

When you have no king but Caesar, you release Barabbas, criminality, destruction, thievery, the lowest and the least. When you have no king but Jesus, you release the eternal, you release the highest and the best, you release virtue, you release potential. It is not accidental that America has been the home of the brave and the land of the free, the place where mankind has had the greatest of all opportunities to approach the potential that God has placed within us. It has been because we knew that we were endowed, not by the king, but by the creator, with certain inalienable rights.

If America is to be great in the future, it will be if we understand that our source is not civic and temporal, but our source is godly and eternal, endowed by the creator with rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.........."

The Honorable John Ashcroft, Senator

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