Liberty Lost

Liberty Lost

The following is not a political statement, but my opinion concerning how the Christian Church has poorly administered opportunities to govern well. God gave America to the Church through the Constitution, but it failed to administer that Document with His wisdom. And because of that failure in administering His justice properly we are ‘losing it’ just as Benjamin Franklin said we would. I wrote this earlier today,                                                           

“Martin Luther King, Jr. did not protest about blacks in poverty, he protested low wages and poor working conditions of the working class…he was correct. The Black community in the South lived there, but there were similar, if not worse conditions in the large urban areas in the Northeast, too. And not all of these people were Black for they were Italians, Irish, Germans…people from all over the world who lived and worked in slave-like conditions. But there is more.                                                                            

My parents grew up on poverty as did their parents before them. My grandmother was born in the 1880’s and spoke of her own mother living west of Fort Worth. This area was settled some time after the Civil War…Parker County…and it was about this time that the town of Weatherford was founded. But, as my Grandmother told me, her grandfather and other men from area left their families at home to tangle with the Indians…Comanches. This was in the 1870’s so far as I am able to understand, the last of the Indian Wars, as she said.

My grandparents met and married in Wise County, and lived on the Williford ‘home place’ on Salt Creek. Dad took me to see the old house owned by a man by the name of Shipley before the house burned. I have been unable to find the location of that spot since about 1965.

My parents met out there somewhere and were married in Johnson County, Cleburne, I believe. And both their extended families ended up in West Texas; Lubbock and Sweetwater to work on the cotton farms and in the gins during the Depression. As my Dad said, “We were dirt poor and did not have two nickels to rub together.” World War II began soon after they were married and my oldest brother was born while Dad was in the Service.

Enough of this for I did not experience the poverty my parents and grandparents knew. We did not have a lot of the things that the rich people had, but my parents always said they did not want their children to live in similar conditions. Dad worked long hours building houses, mostly, and for a while worked as a salesman for a grocery distributor. Later he owned a couple of gas stations and was the manager of a lumber company in Lovington, New Mexico. We moved a lot when  I was a child. Dad also built mobile homes in Lubbock for awhile and was able to get loans, I guess, because of VA loans he acquired after the War.

What I do know is certain, God provided a way for poverty not to be their children would know, and we did not. Our parents struggled just as their parents did before them. But, we live in a different time today and America is entering a very, very dark time.

The Church was given an opportunity through the establishment of the United States of America. This was not given to the Church as an institution so much as it was given to our Forefathers who were mostly God-fearing men. However, it was not they who messed up, but it was those who came later who ‘dropped the ball.’ We know this because history recorded the facts of those failures.

The judgment of God may now be upon us and the liberties given as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution, “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” have not been secured. We are about to observe the end of what was provided by God.

Jesus is Lord.”

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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