Freedom? What Is That?

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confusedFreedom: probably the most misunderstood word in the English language. What, exactly, is “freedom” — true freedom — and how do we know? One dictionary defines freedom as:

1 : the quality or state of being free: as
a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence
c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
d : ease, facility
e : the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken
f : improper familiarity
g : boldness of conception or execution
h : unrestricted use
2 a : a political right
b : franchise, privilege

When our Founding Fathers set out to break America away from the rule of King George III, they sent emissaries to speak to the king and, like Pharaoh of Moses’ time, the king refused to listen. The Declaration of Independence soon followed talk and the resulting war made America free. So now we’re “free”. But what, exactly, is “freedom”?

In the Bible, the Israelites were set free via the works of God and His miracles against Egypt. The Bible tells us that

Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

So if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.”

That’s one sort of “freedom”. But there are those who do not believe in that. So what is “freedom” for them?

Let’s look at what the Founding Fathers said about “freedom”. After all, they’re the ones who decided America’s definition of “freedom” and wrote our founding documents, so if you’re going to know what a person thinks about a subject, you read what they wrote
and said and — even better — walk the proverbial mile in their shoes.

The Founding Fathers were Christians, or at least Deists. They said and wrote things like:

“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), pp. 5-6.

“We can only depend on the all powerful influence of the Spirit of God, Whose Divine aid and assistance it becomes us as a Christian people most devoutly to implore. Therefore I move that some minister of the Gospel be requested to attend this Congress every morning . . . in order to open the meeting with prayer.” — Elias Boudinot, The Life, Public Services, Addresses, and Letters of Elias Boudinot, J. J. Boudinot, editor (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1896), Vol. I, pp. 19, 21, speech in the First Provincial Congress of New Jersey.

“Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement. — John Hancock, Independent Chronicle (Boston), November 2, 1780, last page; see also Abram English Brown, John Hancock, His Book (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1898), p. 269.

“No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” —Noah Webster, Letter of 1823

There are other proofs that more of the Founding Fathers were Christians and considered America a Christian nation , so don’t think that it’s just one record of such.To walk a mile in their shoes, consider the following:

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About the author: Linda McKinney

I'm an Air Force Brat who married an Air Force Brat who was in the Air Force for twenty-plus years. I bleed Air Force blue. I've been married to him for over thirty-five years. I saw him through binoculars when I was fifteen (he was eighteen) and God told me we'd marry. We have two grown sons. I have four passions: God, America, my family and guns (in that order). I'm an amateur photographer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindymck), an artist, a poet and writer (http://spacecoastconservative.blogspot.com/), and I'm determined to help return America to what the Founding Fathers intended her to be!

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