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John Locke An Appeal To Heaven

John Locke An Appeal To Heaven

We are all familiar with the events leading up to the American Revolution.

Neither the Crown nor the parliament were listening to the petitions of the colonists, this involved issues such as: The Sugar Act, Tea Act, Quartering Acts, Stamp Act, and other dissolutions.

They were being ruled over with an iron fist with no option for redress. No one would hear their petitions.


John Locke's Impact

Our founders were well studied, and one text in particular had a significant impact on them, it was from the philosopher John Locke.

In one of the two treaties he wrote, he addressed natural rights. Natural rights are those rights that are not dependent on culture, time, man’s laws, etc…

They are eternal, inalienable, and most importantly God-given.

Our founders took refuge and courage in these words in particular:

“And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment. And therefore, though the people cannot be judge, so as to have, by the constitution of that society, any superior power, to determine and give effective sentence in the case; yet they have, by a law antecedent and paramount to all positive laws of men, reserved that ultimate determination to themselves which belongs to all mankind, where there lies no appeal on earth, viz. to judge, whether they have just cause to make their appeal to heaven.”


An Appeal To Heaven

That is powerful!

When we have no “appeal to man”, when we are “deprived of [our] rights” or “under the exercise of power without right”, we have the “liberty to appeal to heaven.”

This God-inspired writing no doubt had a significant impact on the thinking of those times.

They understood that their Maker was the ruler of Natural Rights, that those rights were inalienable, and that they had the liberty - and even duty - to make that appeal to God Himself.

That is exactly what they did. They relied on God, His Justice, His Mercy, and His Power.

The quote was later fashioned into the “Pine Tree Flag” or the “Appeal to Heaven Flag.”

An Appeal to Heaven

This flag was used in many ways preceding the American Revolution, during, and even to this day.

This flag was flown by a squadron of George Washington’s men. It gave meaning and conviction to the cause.

If you have studied the American Revolution, you know this was God’s war to win.

All odds were against the colonist winning, but God had a different plan. And part of that was put in place when he inspired this text of John Locke a century before.

This text help put the cause of the American Revolution in its proper light and carried it through the difficulty that was ahead.


We Need God Today

Here at Freedom Elements, we worship God and are His defenders. We believe he is the authority on all truth, rights, and freedom. He is the answer!

Today, we need to be making this same appeal to Him. He stands ready to deliver.

The desires of men to rule over others will never cease, it will merely retreat in equivalence to the push we make towards God and His principles – it is the only antidote towards evil.


Tomorrow we will unveil our design around this quote. We brought in the original Pine Tree Flag as well as our updated design concept.

We think you will love it, so watch your emails!

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