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The Land of the Free

Like you, I am heavy hearted as I witness the turbulence that is the new reality in the USA.  This election cycle is merely a reflection of the multiple undercurrents, rip tides, and cesspools that are present continually in this 21st century.  There are many factors that have contributed to our present state. That is why no “one” person can get us out of this….none but the Lord God.

One of the contributing factors of our present upheaval is the failure to value liberty enough to truly understand the responsibility, vigilance, and conscious preservation of true liberty.  A free people are not free to do everything they want.  That is anarchy.  True freedom is the exercise of a disciplined people to consistently do what they ought to do by using freedom to press for excellence in culture and the benefit of their fellow man.

Here are some thoughts on liberty that come from national leaders of previous years….

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan.   Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy.   It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel AdamsLiberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington.   Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it. Abraham Lincoln.   If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington.

In the last days of the Civil War, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia, fell to the Union army. Abraham Lincoln insisted on visiting the city. Even though no one knew he was coming, slaves recognized him immediately and thronged around him. He had liberated them by the Emancipation Proclamation, and now Lincoln’s army had set them free. According to Admiral David Porter, an eyewitness, Lincoln spoke to the throng around him: “My poor friends, you are free—free as air. You can cast off the name of slave and trample upon it…..  Liberty is your birthright.”

But Lincoln also warned them not to abuse their freedom. “Let the world see that you merit [your freedom],” Lincoln said, “Don’t let your joy carry you into excesses. Learn the laws and obey them.”

That is very much like the message Jesus gives to those whom he has liberated by his death and resurrection. Jesus gives us our true birthright—spiritual freedom. But that freedom isn’t an excuse for disobedience; it forms the basis for learning and obeying God’s laws. It gives us direction in action.  (Copied).

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”  Gal.5:13.  Peter would echo that sentiment in his letter, “For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, and honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:15-17.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln.