I ran across a quote this week, which isn’t unusual for me, that reads (paraphrasing) freedom must have responsibility. Freedom seems to have, very sadly, become this taboo subject either no one wants to acknowledge or if they do, it’s to berate America and all that it represents. With that often arrives some soap box moments from elevated voices and shaming of those proud of America, where she’s been and how far she came. One thing that seems to be lost in the argument is that freedom requires responsibility.
Something I think as a culture we discard like a plastic wrap.
Freedom to me means something very specific but also very important and worth preserving. Part of my picture of freedom is responsibility. This covers a few different things that don’t feel right to talk about in this moment, but I believe that rights are God given, and we have some of these same things protected in the constitution. A document that may lay the groundwork for the great country America’s founding allowed for, but also doesn’t let anyone off on responsibility.YES, FREEDOM REQUIRES RESPONSIBILITY. #AMERICA #USA #FREEDOM #REDWHITEANDBLUE #DISCUSSION #OPINION #CHRISTIANITY Click To Tweet
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When there is a mistake, whether big or minor, likely you can trace it back to human error. Not what was set in place on paper. To preserve anything, human beings must have a moral compass and a sense of pride in their country. They have to have the ability to recognize right and wrong and to understand the weight of what being a free will people who has the ability to vote, and all this means.
A quote attributed to John Adams, the second president, reads:
We saturate our culture with anything and everything that goes against morals and while we all clamor to share “our truth,” in reality there is only the objective truth. For anyone who has a relationship with God, to them, that is a very personal belief that also means you believe in the truth as His word lays out. Truth is quite stalwart. While there may be exceptions to this, in general, it’s a dang straightforward rule to live by that will treat us well if we honor that. But for most of us, admitting failure with our moral compass is one tough pill.
Freedom may be controversial but I respect what it means. I respect that it exists and that my role in that in enjoying and practice my God-given rights. Loosing that means we blame anything and everyone who is anyone but ourselves. It’s not always easy or comfortable but if there’s anything I’m learning, you have to become comfortable being uncomfortable.
So like any other year, I will be wearing red, white and blue. I will be proud of America, like any year. And I while I may not do anything big or grand, I am still celebrating.
I am grateful beyond words for the freedoms of my homeland. The work the founders put in, the vision they had and how they designed something for a moral people will not be something I bash or take for granted. I have opinions about the choices of man, but the basis, principles and ideas envisioned for America where people are Americans is never something I’m sorry about.
Freedom does require responsibility, but I know I’m willing to ensure my choice under the constitution are of responsibility to the full extent of those freedoms.
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