Freedom and Liberty, Thoughts on Independence Day

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Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof” Leviticus 25:10
~inscribed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

Liberty and Freedom are synonymous with each other- freedom is the power to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint, and liberty is the freedom to live within society without oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views so long as one person’s liberty does not harm someone else.

Not many people seem to think about freedom and liberty anymore, at least not in the sense that all people have an inalienable right to be free. It is our Creator who gave us rights- which include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, meaning the right to live freely to dream, and enjoy the benefits of those talents and gifts He gave each person for working and providing for our families.  Our founders reminded the colonists of those rights when they signed the Declaration of Independence and formed a government of the people, by the people. They gave us a Constitutional Republic which would protect, not hinder or take the people’s God given rights away.

They also understood and warned people that our God given rights are not to be trifled with; not ours to give and not anyone else’s to take.  From Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772 “It is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defense of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave”

I’ve thought for days about something to write for Independence Day. Even though Daisy and I started the HeartBeat to encourage folks and give a little more of a bigger perspective on things, it’s hard not to think about the state of our country.  Listening to early ‘celebrations’ of fireworks the other night when I was trying to think of something to write, I couldn’t help but wonder if the people shooting them off had any idea of why we observe this holiday, and just how much  has changed since the first day of Independence from British rule.

Folks who know me, know how much I love this country.  I’ll always be grateful for having the opportunity to live in the United States, and I will always know that this country, in spite of not being perfect, is the best nation that ever was.  One of the main things I will always be grateful for are the men and women who have paid so dearly to give, live and fight and die for freedom. It’s not politicians who have kept us free from harm- it’s those who stand in harm’s way and who’ve fought and sacrificed.  It’s not the media who has given a voice to freedom, it’s those who have died so other’s live to speak.

For Independence, and keeping my Freedom and Liberty…

God bless and thank You.