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Freedom
Posted on 07.17.2013

 

Freedom

In light of our July 4th celebration of Independence and freedom, I write these thoughts.

Whenever you live in freedom and follow your dream, and use the talents you have been given as your fuel, you can be sure that you will impact lives around you. 

I have found that there are basically two kinds of reactions:

1) Inspiration
2) Infuriation

Living your life wide open (Freedom) can be inspirational.  God has made you in a unique way that He wants to use to bring Him glory.  

However, we don’t ever want to use our freedom as an opportunity to hurt a weaker person who has not yet found the grace to live in that freedom.  

There is a lot infuriation within our free society today.  How do we all live “free” in a diverse land such as ours?  I will not attempt to answer the complex questions here.  I only say this: as a Christian, it is not freedom to impose a type of “Christian sharia law” to make people live the way we think and believe. 

Having said that, I love this quote by Ravi Zacharias, “Islam & Pantheism would have never framed a nation like the United States of America.”

It really is a complicated time in which we live.  

But it has always been complicated.

Paul said in his letter to the early believers in the first century church that we are to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18). That meant that the Christians of Paul’s day were to live in peace with the Greek, Jew, heathen, and all levels of belief and unbelief.  This is the Christian call: to live in peace with all as much as possible. 

Ask yourself, “Do I want to be right or do I want to be respected?”  You do not have to compromise your beliefs and your freedom to be respected.  The path has been and will always be LOVE!

Thank God we are free!  Now let’s use that freedom to inspire and raise the level of discourse that draws men and women to the greatest love of all.  Jesus said, “I did not come into the world to condemn the world but that all men might be saved” (John 3:17).

I think we would be hard pressed to find any other man who changed the world as much as this freedom loving man. 

Keep living and breathing in this glorious freedom that is our inalienable right!

Ernie 

“May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely than this our own country.” Daniel Webster

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