“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | June 29, 2020

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”

Not just passionate words spoken by Patrick Henry over two hundred years ago, but a declaration that being enslaved was not an option for him.

After the significant limitations on our freedoms during the Coronavirus shutdown in early spring, we should be more aware and protective of the God given freedoms we have enjoyed since July 4, 1776. 

I have noticed over the decades that the freedoms enjoyed by my children and grandchildren are much fewer than those freedoms I enjoyed in the 1950s and 1960s.  And from conversations I have had with those much older than me, my freedoms in the 1950s and 1960s were much fewer than those enjoyed by previous generations. 

We should also remember that the freedoms we and the generations before us have enjoyed here in America are an aberration in the history of humankind.  Freedom has not been the norm for humankind.  A vast majority of humankind has been impoverished and enslaved by those stronger, more powerful, or more sly.

We were blessed when America was founded in the 18th Century by men who understood this.  They established a government system (The Constitution and later The Bill of Rights) that made it difficult, but not impossible, for evil men or women to end this grand experiment of freedom.  Look around the world – most people have no semblance of freedom, but this doesn’t need to be.  When the Lord God made men and women He endowed them with certain rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, just as Thomas Jefferson reminded us in the Declaration of Independence.  

This is being written in April 2020, but I suspect that the freedoms enjoyed by me and my fellow Americans in April 2020 and beyond will be less than those we enjoyed last year.  I hope I am wrong, but it seems to me that some with economic power, others with popular influence, some with the privilege and duty to inform us of the facts, and still others ruling in our governments are more interested in advancing agendas for their own personal gain than for the benefit of the American people. 

Don’t ask me to explain – I am just trying to understand what is happening myself.  I only know that the response to the coronavirus this spring has us trending in the wrong direction since Drs. Fauci and Birx advised us that it was best to shut the country down.  Maybe it was the best response for the future of America.  I don’t know.  We will see.  But, what I did learn from all this is that without freedom of movement, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom of meeting, freedom of working, freedom of education, freedom to own property, freedom of speech, freedom of self-defense, freedom of property ownership, or freedom of privacy, there is no freedom: there is no America.

We would do well to be vigilant, that is, be aware of what is happening, especially if something sinister is happening.  Freedom isn’t free.  There is a regular payment due – remember Memorial Day?

It is my hope and prayer that a Divine light will be shined so that we Americans can discern what is wrong, what is right, and what each of us needs to do to maintain the freedoms with which we have been endowed and which we celebrate today.

Let this not be a meaningless or empty celebration.

And, let us consider who we ultimately serve.  As Joshua, who lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, said,  

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.  Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  

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