Is Freedom a Duty or a Privilege?
"I can do/say what I want! This IS a free country!"........ How many times do we hear this phrase today? I would certainly say too much. What is wrong with it? Well..... With America celebrating her independence this month, I would like to differentiate actual freedom from the common idea so often thought of today.
By definition, freedom just means to have no bounds and to be able to take an action without restrictions. But does this mean that all of a sudden, a man can disregard his moral duties? Definitely no.
America was founded by those men who were under a tyrannical reign and who could not defend their rights. Throughout history there have been persecutions of those defending the rights and duties of their faith and morals. They were silenced. America has fought again and again to keep its freedoms.
If freedom meant that man could do anything he willed, then would America be a perfect society because all men would be able to live their lives without any restraints to their happiness? If one man believes he is right to worship one God but another man has three gods, or if a man believes in human sacrifice while most others do not, how can all such people "coexist"? Do they all have the truth? They do not cannot and division is inevitable.
Freedom is not therefore a privilege to do as he pleases, but as he ought. He has freedom of speech, freedom of religion...etc in order to help him to find the truth and all the means to do just that. He cannot be restricted from doing the things commanded by the Divine Creator. Freedom gives mankind the ability to fulfill his duties of faith, to protect the innocent, and to give all men a chance to make the world a better place for the honor and glory of God. This is what the countless men have fought for in America since 1776 and must be protected.
May God Bless you and God Bless America!