Freedom. Liberty. These are words you are familiar with. You may use them in conversation. You may even say you believe in the ideas represented by these words. But do you really know what they mean?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.” Liberty is also defined as “the quality or state of being free: the power to do as one pleases; freedom from physical restraint; freedom from arbitrary or despotic control; the power of choice. Thomas Paine (1792, Plan of a Declaration of Rights) famously stated, “Liberty is the power to do everything that does not interfere with the rights of others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every individual has no limits save those that assure to other members of society the enjoyment of the same rights.”
You see: liberty and freedom go hand in hand. They are synonyms.
In the United States of America, we have enjoyed a level of freedom. Our Founding Fathers established a government rooted in Biblical principles, designed to enable its citizens to chose or act without restraint by the government within reason. I say “within reason” because boundaries were also established by nature of laws designed to uphold the basic principles of the Ten Commandments. You see, you cannot have true freedom without having justice. And you cannot understand justice without God’s moral law. The Founders understood this, and they established a government designed to elicit the most possible opportunities for freedom that might exist based on an understanding of God’s law and God’s purpose for government. John Adams said our right to freedom was derived from “our Maker”.
Scripture says that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17 English Standard Version). The people of the United States used to understand this principle. Freedom comes from God. Freedom is a gift of God (cf. Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7). Freedom is the grace of God (cf. Romans 8; Galatians 5:1-26).
The Founders had an understanding of freedom from a Biblical perspective. This perspective is evident in our founding documents. Unfortunately, today we have forgotten the timeless principles about the origin and nature of our freedom, and in so doing, we have become slaves to corruption. Most do not even know it.
I once heard a story about a pastor who began pastoring a new church. He did not like where the piano was located, so one day, he moved the piano to the other side of the room. The church members threw a fit, so he moved it back. Thereafter, little by little, he began inching the piano back over to where he wanted it. He moved the piano so slowly, that the church members did not even notice it was happening until one day, the piano was where he originally intended for it to be. No one said anything. They had gradually become used to the idea.
Right now, we are living in a time where our freedom is being significantly restricted in our great country. These restrictions have been coming upon us slowly over time in increasing number as our country has strayed further and further from the Biblical principles upon which we were founded. Thomas Jefferson (1788, Letter to Colonel Edward Carrington) stated that, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” We see the government gaining ground all around us. The “piano” has been moved, and in the past week, we see that it has been moved completely and drastically in the last final steps to the intended takeover of America.
In The Federalists Papers of 1788, James Madison stated, “Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power.” Liberty is in danger. Freedom is in danger. The United States of America is in danger.
What can be done? Is it too late? Can the piano be moved back?
John Adams (1765, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law) stated, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
We need to wake up! We need to learn and understand what it means to be free. We need to understand what liberty means and where our liberty comes from. Notice that the “piano” is being moved and resist the movement of the “piano”. Do not allow another inch. Move the “piano” back to where it started.
If you value freedom, you will resist tyranny because tyranny is diametrically opposed to freedom. Tyranny is the absence of grace. It is the imposition of law after law, mandate after mandate, based on the whim of a despot. “It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case others” (Thomas Jefferson, 1803, Letter to Benjamin Rush). You cannot be timid. You must not be quiet. You must take a stand now, or freedom will be lost.
“It is impossible to conquer a nation determined to be free” (Thomas Paine, 1792, Letter to the People of France).
Determine to be free!