Who doesn’t love liberty and freedom?
I’ve been watching America decline into self-loathing and self-induced slavery for the past couple of decades. And I’m amazed at how quickly so many people are willing to sell their liberty and freedom to the highest bidder. (translate that into sleazy politician) – If you prefer to listen rather than read, check out this episode of the Rhyme & Reason Podcast:
This Independence Day think about what a gift your liberty and freedom are.
Consider how high a price many Americans have paid in order for you to gripe about not getting enough benefits from your employers. Or complain about how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Brave men and women have given their lives so you can drink beer, drop f-bombs, and drag reputations through the mud.
How about taking a right turn off that superhighway to nowhere. And how about giving up your envy of someone else’s success. Focus on your own God-given abilities and see where you can go. You might be amazed at how high your dreams can lift you off that dunghill of doubt and depression you’ve allowed yourself to live on. Your success might never equal that elusive billionaire status. But keep in mind, most billionaires are not going to Heaven.
Liberty and freedom give you a head start over tyrannical governments.
We humans are funny creatures. Especially those of us who’ve had the good fortune to be born into a “free” society.
Yet…Americans tend to be very image-bound and sound-byte-gagged.
First, we see what seems to be the definition of success, and we measure ourselves against it. When the dollar amounts are staggering, or the beauty is beyond fantasy, or the “stuff” is piled up on TV, we feel pitifully inadequate.
But we are not the sum total of our dollars, beauty, or “stuff”. We’re not the sum total of the labels we wear through this life. We’re not the sum total of the varied opinions about us. Those don’t make us, and they shouldn’t break us. Here’s what I recommend…
- Work to produce…not for the money.
- Play to relax…not to escape.
- Laugh to enjoy…not to cover up.
- Love to give…not to acquire.
- And live to be thankful…not to compare.
You are the sum total of where you position yourself for eternity.
And whether you like it or not, you’re one of those kind of people who urgently need liberty and freedom.
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Here are the lyrics to the song featured in this episode of the Rhyme and Reason Podcast:
Faith working through love…
Let’s praise God for our liberty…
Christ paid off our debt…
Only in Him are we truly free.
Love leads into joy…
Law leads back into slavery…
God gave us The Way.
Just believe, and we’re truly free.
Freedom from the law that kills, Freedom with our own free wills,
Freedom from the world of sin…Just let Jesus in, let the joy begin
Share a hopeful grin, with the Lord “We Win”!
Praise God for what we can become
With our freedom.
What law couldn’t do
Jesus did with finality.
He rose up from the dead
And promised the same life for you and me.
So we have…
© 2010 Tony Funderburk
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