•A Message from Mat Staver, our Founder and Chairman•
»This month is not only the beginning of a New Year—it is also the beginning of a new season for Liberty Counsel. The magnitude of the threats to religious liberty, to life, and to marriage is unprecedented in the history of America, and these threats are being felt both within and beyond our borders. At the end of 2014,
I transitioned from nearly nine years of service as Dean of the Liberty University School of Law to focus solely on the mission of the Liberty Counsel family of ministries. I feel like a thoroughbred at the starting gate. I am ready to run the race. We were born, and then born again, for such a time as this!
|This month is more than the beginning of a New Year. This is an entirely new season. We live in truly historic times. People want to see miracles, but most do not want to be placed in a position of having to participate in them. A miracle begins at the point at which human capability ends. There are few miracles experienced during times of ease: Miracles occur during times of trouble!|
The inescapable fact is that times of tranquility are seldom memorable. In Judeo-Christian history, we remember the times of adversity that God turned into wonderful and unexpected opportunities.
Pharaoh’s brutality was cut short by the Exodus. King David enjoyed many peaceful nights transfixed on the starry Heavens, but we best remember David for the time when, against all odds, he defeated a blaspheming giant against whom he was no physical match.
And then there was the Persian King’s decree to kill the Jews that was nullified by Esthers and Mordechai’s courageous faith. We remember the three Hebrews because they were delivered from certain death in the fiery furnace. And because Daniel stood fast against the decree of King Nebuchadnezzar, we tell our children the story of “Daniel in the Lion’s Den.”
Moving to a New Testament example, Peter needed a miracle when he began to sink in the stormy Sea of Galilee. As Jesus rescued him from drowning, Christ’s words now ring throughout eternity… “Oh you of
little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31.
Each of these miracles has a common theme: adversity brought about the end of human capability. In times of trouble, God’s people remained steadfast. They cried to Him for help, and their God intervened!
The threats to the free practice of our faith in America are also being felt around the world. I recently met with Fourteen Eastern Orthodox and Evangelical Russian clergymen. Their story is strikingly similar to the ones of leaders I met in America, Peru, Jamaica, and elsewhere. From the photographer in New Mexico, to the baker in Oregon, to the administrators of Catholic Charities in Massachusetts, the facts change but the story remains the same. Pressure is mounting everywhere, perhaps particularly in America, to force people of faith to promote human genocide, immoral sexual behavior, and secular apostasy.
After working in the 1990s to found Liberty University School of Law and serving as Dean and Professor of Law, I have transitioned to focus all my efforts on Liberty Counsel. I am pleased to report that the law school is in great shape! The foundation has been laid and tested. I hired and trained many godly staff people and prepared them to take the law school to greater heights. But now I must focus all my efforts on the mission of Liberty Counsel.
The timing for this transition is right. The Lord has energized me for the race ahead. We face unprecedented threats, but we serve a Creator who is not intimidated by anything whatsoever!
As you know, Liberty Counsel has many ministry vehicles and projects. In 2015 and beyond, we will fight in the courts, in the halls of Congress, and in state and local law-making bodies. We have launched a new online training initiative called New Revolution Institute to train citizens in the purpose and role of government, the Christian worldview, and citizen activism. This is one of the most exciting developments at Liberty Counsel in many years. When our official launch takes place in late January 2015, I encourage you to sign up for this online training. You can become part of the solution to the increasing threats we face as a nation!
Make no mistake: The intensity of the battle for our culture has come to the point at which every person of faith and who holds Christian values will be forced to make a decision.There are only two choices – compromise or resistance. When confronted with such a choice, there is only one correct decision. After much prayer, both Esther and Daniel knew what they must do.
When a Christian adoption ministry is forced to place children in an overtly sinful environment, it must not comply. When anyone is forced to participate in human genocide, principled resistance is the only option when all other remedies fail.
I have been meditating on the great wisdom contained in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’sLetter from the Birmingham Jail. In it, he wrote: “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.”
Dr. King reminded us that “there are two types of laws: just and unjust.” He then said, “I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’”
What is the difference between a just and an unjust law? Dr. King wrote: “A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”
Dr. King’s proposition was not novel. It is rooted in several thousand years of Judeo-Christian teaching and was espoused by Sir William Blackstone, whose writings informed the American Revolution and greatly influenced the thinking and actions of the Founding Fathers.
A law requiring people to participate in human genocide is an unjust law. A law forcing people to participate in, or to celebrate, sexual immorality is an unjust law.
In America today, two opposing worldviews are on the same train track heading toward the other. A collision is inevitable!
But as challenging as the situation has become, with God all things are possible! I am excited about the future because I know Who holds the future. This new season presents an opportunity to come to the end of ourselves and see miracles taking place before our eyes!
The adversity we face can turn around when God’s people humble themselves, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways. God will hear from Heaven, forgive our sins, and will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
In this new season, let us stand together and witness the Lord’s salvation as Moses did in his generation… “Do not be afraid: Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today” (Exodus 14:13).
Happy New Year, and welcome to the season of miracles we will experience together in 2015!