An Appeal to Heaven–John Locke

February 1, 2015

The Appeal to Heaven Flag was one of the flags used during the American Revolution. The flag features a pine tree with the motto “An Appeal to God,” or, more usually, “An Appeal to Heaven.”

From Appeal to Heaven. . . The story:

The phrase “An Appeal to Heaven” was created by John Locke from England in the mid 1600’s. Locke was one of the great philosophers of his time, he like other English Philosophers were also influenced by the Iroquois in America. “An Appeal to Heaven” comes from his studies on “Natural Laws”, a system of right or justice common to all humankind and derived from nature rather than from the rules of society and the only judge is that of our creator. It is in these laws where our unalienable rights come from and the foundation on which this country was formed. The phrase “An Appeal to Heaven” connotes that when all resources and justices on earth are exhausted that only “An Appeal to Heaven” remains.

1 Samuel 25:23-29 (NKJV)
Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. Please, let not my lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. . . . And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord, and evil is not found in you throughout your days. Yet a man has risen to pursue you and seek your life, but the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; and the lives of your enemies He shall sling out, as from the pocket of a sling.

Dear Jesus,
Are You not the Son of David? Forgive us our trespasses. The United States of America has engaged in so much folly.
Regard the pleas of Your church. We are Your servants.
God Almighty has made for You, Christ Jesus, an enduring house, because You came to earth to defeat the works of the devil. You are the Anointed One, the Messiah. You are the spotless Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
Draw the United States of America into the bundle of the living with the Lord Your God. Sling out the demonic influences in our nation. We appeal to heaven. Amen.

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