Montag, 4. Juli 2011

Independence Day and Liberty

     The main reason our nation is in the shape that its in is because we are in rebellion against God. Of course, the reader may have heard such sentiment before but I have a new twist to give the reader as to the cause of liberty that led to our national independence, and to tie the cause of liberty with the problem of rebellion. I had the good fortune to come across an excellent program on the true definition of liberty. Go to and read the transcript of radio program. Read the following quote from the guest Daniel Ford, author of The Legacy of Liberty and Property:      "The idea of liberty is quite different – 200 years ago, 300 years ago, than it was now. That was the kind of liberty that bore fruit. Today, we tend to have a libertarian view of liberty, which is autonomy from authority. Back then, the essence of liberty was to hold to your first accountability each individual’s first accountability directly to God. If each individual has a direct accountability to God and himself, then there’s limits upon the authority that other people can place upon him. So liberty is all about responsibility to the highest source of authority and power, and that’s God himself. Each person has, if you will, a liberty in themselves because the essential piece of property they own is their body and their mind. Then what the Lord blesses them with is what they are stewards to him in, which is in essence your property – what you have. Liberty is in fact enjoying that freedom to be accountable to God first in all things."
     Liberty, according to the above definition, is the right to answer to God in all things. When the government interferes with our actions in answering to God through how we live our lives in accordance to His will then we have a right to rebel against the government. The early Christians, for example, refused to worship Caesar because they were acting upon their liberty to obey God, even at the risk of death. When Patrick Henry spoke the words, "Give me liberty or give me death," he was speaking as a Christian who understood the true meaning of liberty. The liberty that ought to be the rallying call for Americans is the one that affirms our right to live our lives in such a way so we can answer directly to God. As it is written, "Then Peter and thae other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29).
     The true meaning of liberty reminds us that America will not be trully a "Sweet Land of Liberty" as long as we refuse to obey our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ. When we take responsibility for our actions before God through our liberty we would want to live in accordance to His will; to do what is pleasing to him. When libertarians seek autonomy from authority are they including God as an object of authority to avoid? Refusing to approach God in obediance is rebellion against God, which is slavery to sin. Our heritage is the true liberty that we our called to defend in the name of our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ.


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