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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of ___________

by Robert J. Young
©, 2001, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Our nation's Declaration of Independence declares liberty to be an inalienable right of all men. Our founding fathers did not have primarily in mind physical freedom. Instead, the leaders of the colonists were interested in the liberty to reform government (political freedom) and the liberty to worship according to one's individual conscience (religious freedom). Students of our nation's history know that physical freedom did not come to "all men" for almost a century, and that even the declaration of physical freedom did not immediately reverse years of oppression.

As I write these words, I contemplate with amazement the events of our world. What does it mean to you to be free? Free for what kind of life? Free for what kind of liberty? Free to pursue happiness where?

Despite the early emphasis in our nation on religious freedom, few would deny that the common plea has become freedom from religion. With millions experiencing a form of life and liberty unknown for almost half a century, let us not forget that billions are not really free, for they continue to be held in bondage to sin.

Freedom is wonderful! But it is "the truth that makes us really free" and we are only "free indeed if the Son makes us free."

What does it mean to be free? Free to find spiritual life! Free to be liberated from the shackles of sin! Free to pursue God, for in him is genuine, abundant life and happiness!


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