Back in 2020, TJ Morris (aka "Bear" of Bear Independent YouTube channel) posted the following video and text to his Patreon channel, along with permission to share both the video and text. I think it is worth sharing. I will add a full list of Bear's links at the bottom.
Watch the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYwvp6IOvRo
SEP 17, 2020 AT 6:22 PM
A (renewed) Declaration of Independence
Many were asking for the text of my message; here it is. Feel free to share (THIS video and THIS text only, accredited appropriately, please).
I believe we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in the Image or our Creator, to serve Him through headship, leadership, and stewardship. We were made specifically for THIS time to be the hands and feel of Messiah and shepherd the Father's Kingdom. I believe that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. I believe that governments are instituted among men, and they derive their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government.
I belong to the Creator, and I assert here and now that governments may not, for any reason, hinder my God-given rights to protect myself and my family (2nd Amendment and Luke 22:36); to worship our Creator (1st Amendment and Hebrews 10:25); to speak truth to power, to peacefully assemble, and to not be censored or throttled; to provide for my family (Article 13 U.S. Constitution and 1 Timothy 5:8); and to teach and lead my family as I see fit (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). I come before you as a broken sinner, redeemed only by the blood of the Lamb, in submission to my Creator to humbly state that I will love the Lord my God, YHWH my Elohim, with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. And I will love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37). I believe we are called to walk in the footsteps of our Messiah (1 Peter 2:21) to be the light of the world, to rescue mankind from darkness. Not because we are great, but because HE is Good.
I believe that we cannot fill the gaps in our armor with American patriotism alone, but that we must first be right with God, and then we must lead our homes, our wives and children; that our homes might form strong communities; that our communities form strong towns and cities; that our towns and cities form strong counties; and out of strong counties comes a strong state; and that only strong states, subordinate to the will of the Creator, can form a strong nation. For we are not "One Nation Under God" any longer. We are divided, and therefore cannot stand. We have placed ourselves and our country above God. And if the Creator doesn't judge these United States, and soon, He SURELY owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.
So I beg you, countrymen, repent, turn from your wicked ways, seek the Father in all that you do, and please HIM, not yourselves (Hebrews 10:26-31). I believe we are capable of good and must be purveyors of it to withstand the enemy and his wicked schemes. I believe that our country is at a crossroads, a turning of the page. I believe there is an active insurgency in the United States of America, fomented and supported by international bad actors with cooperation from the American grassroots all the way to Washington, D.C. I believe that we are already in both WWIII and Civil War 2, however most Americans will choose to turn a blind eye to these uncomfortable truths, as they do not fit the narrative of the day. And I believe bad actors within our own government have enjoyed the strength of unchecked tyranny for too long, and I fear that they will never willingly acquiesce.
I believe that chaos is coming and that it will reign for a time, but I know our Creator is a mighty warrior (Exodus 15:3) who fight for His people, and that He is the author or order not of chaos. I fear that we, the American people, have subcontracted our personal responsibility to the lowest bidder for too long. We have enjoyed unprecedented prosperity, which has served to, unfortunately, make unprecedented cowards of us all. I believe that hard times are coming. Things will get worse before they get better. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. But I believe we can, and should, HARDEN UP.
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. Have I not commanded you?
We were created for this time. We are not here by accident. You are a key player in Divine Providence. I confess that the only thing that scares me more than wearing armor is my son having to wear it instead. So let us stand. I pledge allegiance to the Father and His Living Word, with wisdom and discernment for all, one family guided by His hand, with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
So what comes next? I submit we lay ourselves at the foot of the timbers upon which Messiah hung and beseech the Creator for His wisdom and direction. And with fullness of understanding and conviction of hearth, we begin to steward this land again. For if we are to be in submission to authority, let that authority flow from the Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And Him I will serve with fear and trembling to the best of my broken ability. And in that, perhaps, we might achieve a more perfect union.
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