Freedom is a complicated subject. We are only free as long as we see that there is a high price paid for freedom and that we have a responsibility to maintain it.
When my children were in their teens and still at home, they had certain criteria that affected their freedom. When those criteria were met, they had more privileges.
As a wife, there are limitations to my freedom if I want the relationship to be one of happiness and contentment. It assumes faithfulness and truth.
The men and women who fought for our freedom in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and every war since have paid an enormous price for our freedom. My uncle Jack was a ball turret gunner in a plane that went down over Belgium in WWII.
The Civil War and the life of Martin Luther King paid for the freedom of those who had been enslaved.
As a citizen, my freedom is contingent on my attention to the people we place in office and to be aware of what they do after they get in. It is always based on my exercise of my voting privileges.
Have you ever noticed that people who aren’t free want to trap you in the same web that enslaves them?
A drug dealer wants you on drugs.
An alcoholic invites you to have just one more.
A thief will work to get you to steal.
A gang member will have an initiation that will ensure that you are guilty of crimes before you can be a member.
A smoker is all too willing to share a cigarette with you and teach you the ‘how to.’
A person driven by lust will try to get you hooked on it as well.
Advertisers want you hooked on prescription drugs, fast food, cigarettes, and a myriad of other products that are designed to keep you buying their products.
We have the freedom to say anything in this country and on the internet, but there is some speech that is designed to put us in bondage like pornography.
The ultimate price was on the cross when Jesus Christ shed His blood so that we could choose freedom
We are reminded of the rights and responsibilities that we have in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Our future freedom depends on our actions today.
I am gratful to God for all the freedoms that we have in this country. We are still the greatest nation in the world.
What freedoms are you grateful for this week of celebration of the independence of the United States?