Somehow this morning in my journaling I got onto the topic of vigilance- as in the quote “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.”
A google brought up some interesting background info, including the source as from a speech in 1852:
– Wendell Phillips, to the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, 2/28/1852.
It seemed relevant to today’s continuing debate about gun control and the 2nd Amendment. For me, it sums up the major reason for the amendment, especially given the nature of the founding of America.
But the sentiment of everlasting watchfulness applies also to our morals, and there are many Bible verses that speak to that issue.
1 Peter 5:8-10
1 Corinthians 16:13
The two that struck me especially are
“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. – Deuteronomy 4:9
Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. – Revelation 3:2
I think it’s the intention of these verses speaking to the individual first, and then to all that is the important thing: a reminder that looking after our own lives is the key.