Independence Day

Today is a great day. Today we celebrate the birth of a nation founded on freedom. Freedom to exercise religion. Freedom to speak our opinions. Freedom to live our lives the way we see fit. But most of all, freedom from a tyrannical government that would take these freedoms away. You see, America was predicated on the ideal that freedom is a human right given by God, and that the purpose of government is to protect our freedom. Unfortunately, however, many people do not seem to understand this. As a result, America is no longer the great nation it once was. Millions of the unborn are legally murdered every year, denied their freedom to live. Many people do not believe in freedom of religion anymore, or freedom of speech. Racism still exists, and race relations only seem to be getting worse. Our government is full of corruption on both sides of the aisle. America has a long way to go before we achieve true freedom and equality. People want to be optimistic today. We want to believe that our country is great, or at least can be if we just vote for the right people or give our money to the right organizations. I like to be optimistic, as well. The truth is, though, that I am disappointed with the state of this country. Deeply disappointed. However, there are still people in this nation who believe in freedom. As long as there are, we can still be a great nation again. We must always believe in the ideals of liberty and equality. We must work to fight injustice and tyranny in our own lives wherever we see it. Most of all, we must always remember that true freedom comes only from God, not from government.

To end this post, here are some of my favorite quotes about freedom:

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – John F. Kennedy

“Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven’t. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom.” – Walt Disney

“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

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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.” – Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence)

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – The Apostle Paul (Galatians 5:1)

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