Do we take our freedom for granted? Would we miss it if it were suddenly gone? Is it more important to choose your career or what you will wear? Is it worth it to be safe but not be allowed to say certain things? Should you have full freedoms or limited freedoms? Which freedoms would you give up? Which freedoms would you fight for until the bitter end?
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We
didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought
for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we
will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s
children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan
What if your pastor suddenly introduced new rules – you must pay the ten percent tithe, women must dress modestly, not wear jewelry, style their hair, or speak out unless spoken to. Men must attend the men’s breakfast. Children must obey their parents. What freedoms are worth fighting for in the church? Which ones would you allow to be taken away? Would you leave the church? Force out the pastor? Quit the religion all-together?
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of
the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those
in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. – James Madison
You see, we are all of the “It’s not my business” mindset. The problem is that when others lose their freedoms, you are only a step away from losing your own. To be truely free in your life and religion, you have to fight for the freedom of every person who is also alive and believes. If you love freedom, it is your business to defend it. Are you truely free?