2020-05-19 ‘Liberty’

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May 19, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –


The word “liberty” has been on my mind as I watch news programs today. We hear and read a lot about “freedom” but rarely hear about “liberty”. Americans seem focused upon rules and regulations, what and what not to submit our wills to. We seem to have lost contact that, as creators of our civil government, its purpose is to preserve and protect our liberty.

Please pause and take time to thoughtfully read the following quote from John Locke.

p 58 CHAP. II
Of the State of Nature
4. TO underſtand political power right, and derive it from its original, we muſt conſider, what ſtate all men are naturally in, and that is, a ſtate of perfect freedom to order their actions, and diſpoſe of their poſſeſſions and perſons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without aſking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.[1]

Granted: Each of us must surrender a part of that ſtate of perfect freedom in order to share it with our fellow Americans. The fact remains – we (you and I) are at liberty under God – not government. The concept that “for the greater good”, someone believes he has a right to tell me, rather than ask me, to do such and such violates my sense of right and wrong!

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[1] Hall, V. M. (2006).
The Christian history of the Constitution of the United States of America. Christian self-government (Founders Edition, Vol. 1, p. 58). San Francisco: Foundation for American Christian Education.

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