Today’s date is one of the most significant dates in American history. Yet, it is a date that is lost to most modern Americans.

Today, March 23 in 1775, Patrick Henry gave his immortal “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech to the Second Revolutionary Convention meeting at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. Without a doubt, this speech must be regarded as the single most significant speech ever given in American history. This speech did as much to inspire the colonists to fight for their independence from Great Britain as any other single factor. He is yet today probably America’s greatest orator. 

I regard March 23, 1775, as significant as April 19 of the same year–the day the battles at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge took place. These two events (Henry’s speech and the battles at Lexington and Concord) are truly the two most significant events that led to our nation’s birthday on July 4 of the following year. 

You might want to look up Henry’s speech and read it once again. I try to read that speech each year around this time. It is as inspirational today as it was the day it was delivered. 

Think about it: it was a lawyer (Patrick Henry) and a pastor (Jonas Clark, who was the pastor of The Church of Lexington, where most of the men attended who fired “the shot heard ’round the world” on Lexington Green) that were most influential in inspiring and leading the preliminary events that led to our Declaration of Independence. And, sadly, it is our lawyers and pastors today who are mostly failing to defend the liberties that men such as Henry and Clark fought so bravely to win. 

So, when you hear the story of our Declaration of Independence and the names of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, et al., don’t forget Patrick Henry and Jonas Clark.

And, thank God, there are still millions of us across this country that yet proclaim with Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Written by Chuck Baldwin
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6 thoughts on ““Give me liberty, or give me death””
  1. Thanks for the post. I agree.
    I have a question though. I am trying unsuccessfully, to reconcile the struggle between… On the one hand: the desire to be a true statesman (like Patrick Henry), willing to fight to bring back true freedom to this nation. And on the other hand: the desire to live the ‘we wrestle not against flesh and blood’ and the ‘honor those in authority’ philosophy, to the point of possibly being a martyr for the faith if necessary.
    So, I would more gladly embrace the first scenario. But on all accounts it seems to go against the principals of basic Christianity.
    How do you reconcile these things? How do you rationally justify coming to the point, as a Christian, of saying “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!”? (and then acting on it)
    Thanks again for the post.

  2. Thanks for the post. I agree.

    I have a question though. I am trying unsuccessfully, to reconcile the struggle between… On the one hand: the desire to be a true statesman (like Patrick Henry), willing to fight to bring back true freedom to this nation. And on the other hand: the desire to live the ‘we wrestle not against flesh and blood’ and the ‘honor those in authority’ philosophy, to the point of possibly being a martyr for the faith if necessary.

    So, I would more gladly embrace the first scenario. But on all accounts it seems to go against the principals of basic Christianity.

    How do you reconcile these things? How do you rationally justify coming to the point, as a Christian, of saying “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!”? (and then acting on it)

    Thanks again for the post.

    1. First off I want to say that this is a great question and you raise a very valid point but is often misinterpreted and or completely neglected and how the Christian should handle a tyrannical government, therefore the masses are subjected to grossly miss educated interpretations. As with anything first and foremost regarding the faith we need to start with the word of God to make sense of all of this, and more specifically not only the words of Jesus Christ but the words found in the law and prophets which were the embodiment of who Jesus was (often time the Old Testament is dismissed but contains key stories that give us a precedence of such issues we face) John 1:1 says that Jesus was the word made flesh.

      I will not be overloading you with a complete theological explanation as some trying to do but I want to give you key points to focus on and to think about to provoke your thoughts in this manner and encourage you through prayer and asking for the Holy Spirit’s revelation searching his answers out.

      Ephesians chapter 6 and famous passage about “we wrestle not against flesh and blood” never fails to be a stumbling point for some. But if you read carefully through the context of Ephesians chapter 6 the focus is not telling us that we will not have struggles with flesh blood or forbidding them, but to understand that the root cause of conflict is not flesh and blood. In other words the physical manifestations of problems and spiritually birthed. A good key concept that we can see in every day life that applies to the situation our country has found itself in is when men and women vote with the mindset that legislation can induce morality and that a sense of salvation can be found in a certain party or certain person of a political party; they reach out and vote that things will get better. There hope is foundational in other sources than Christ, i.e. Changes in law, new policy Ect…….Scripture tells us that salvation can only be found in one name and one name alone but the substitution of people’s hearts and minds will naturally be inclined, apart from the Holy Spirit to methods of the flesh. Ephesians 6 should serve as a reminder that our victory rest with the Lord Jesus Christ and nothing else, with that being said if we reference the Old Testament there was many times that God called his people to wage the physical war. While the grace of God gives every man every chance to repent unfortunately there are some people that will just refuse no matter what and the inclination of their heart is evil. Even in the future, while Jesus is Physically on Earth in the millennial kingdom, the Scriptures pertaining to prophecy cement this point. 

      Zechariah 14

      16And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

      With that being said it’s easier to understand the unavoidable confrontation between good and evil in the spiritual will inevitably be acted out in the physical. In the event of this confrontation coming forth we are to resist evil but we have authority within the realm of God’s law to stand up for his statutes to establish his righteousness in the Earth. I do not condone violence, but I understand that in a broken world violence will be manifest. Why? The truth is that our enemy is in active and engaging enemy. 

      1 Peter 5

      8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world?

      Even throughout Israel’s conquest of their God-given land he put armies in their way to contest them (and still is). The truth can only be manifest in faith through action and sometimes that action is war against the enemy and the enemy has his ministers just as we are the ministers of Christ.

      If we truly believe that our Constitution was a God-given inspired document, which is easy to verify by comparative analysis of the word of God and the principles that have been instilled and entrusted to us to keep, if there is a violation or an act of war upon that that we can clearly identify as being led by the enemy it becomes our Duty to not let evil advance. Trust me when I tell you this it will not be us that makes the first strike, it will be them. Evil in its nature is lustful and if you read through the book of James he clearly tells us where do wars come from?

      James 4

      1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

      The Scriptures also tell us that godliness with contentment is great gain. Children of this world do not have this. They cannot have it apart from the Spirit of God therefore their nature is lustful envious and is fueled by discontentment.

      In closing I want to leave you with one last thought to supplement everything you have just read, Romans 13 talks about obedience to the government, while many abuse is verse also there is a key verse that sets are mandate to fight against tyranny in stone. It says that the government does not bear the sword in vain. This is very important for the everyday citizen because we know that the government was formed for the people by the people so this responsibility rests upon our shoulders now read Romans 13 again and put yourself in that position rise up in your authority in Christ and stand for what is right when the time comes for it will come.

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