If you prize liberty, you must recognize what tyrants fear – that their people will keep the second of the two great commandments. For this reason they terrorize their people so that the people only think of looking out for number one. Thus isolated from one another, they are helpless against the tyrant and his control. Today’s devotional is food for thought about all that. May God enable us to understand the good He means for us if we live as He directs and may we love Him above all and love our neighbor as ourselves. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 22:39 (ESV)
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French diplomat, historian, and political scientist who wrote Democracy in America as a result of his travels in the United States. “‘No vice of the human heart is so acceptable to [a despot] as egotism,’ wrote Alexis de Tocqueville. ‘A despot easily forgives his subjects for not loving him, provided they do not love each other.’” [Charles Murray, Coming Apart, (New York: Crown Forum, 2013), p. 104]