MANY years ago, as a teenager, I took some time to write out some of my thoughts concerning liberty. Looking over what I wrote, I can honestly say that I still feel the same way. May God bless you, your families and friends this 4th of July not only with a safe and fun time but with a fresh appreciation with the freedoms we enjoy because of God.
Liberty is defined in the dictionary as the condition of being free from restriction or control; freedom, the right to act as one chooses, freedom from confinement or servitude, and permission to do something, authorization or privilege.
Of course, these definitions for the word LIBERTY would be absolutely meaningless to us if we did not have our own historical examples or perhaps our own personal for instances to demonstrate just exactly what LIBERTY IS.
However, there is one central point, one central focus upon which the principle of liberty hinges. That central focus is God. The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 3:17 that “where the spirit of the Lord is liberty.” This is what has made America a great country. Our forefathers made some precious sacrifices and sought the face of Almighty God as this country came into existence. The motto on our U.S. currency “In God We Trust” illustrates the exact principle upon which America was founded. Keeping these things in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts on liberty and the preservation of it for the future.
Liberty comes not without sacrifice
And is often bought with a terrific price
We could not be called Americans today
If not for the cost our forefathers did pay
They were brave men and women
That stood their ground
And because of the vision they held
Today our privileges abound
There’s freedom or religion,
Speech and the press
Often taken for granted
We all can confess
We’re free to choose our own careers
And worship as we please
Yet theses privileges were not born, I’m sure
With dry eyes and unbent knees
Shelter is very necessary
And food is an absolute must
But we could not possess the least of these
Had it not been for “In God We Trust”
Yes, the many benefits that we enjoy today
Were born from the faithful, not failing to pray
O America, America can you not see?
That this is why God shed His grace on thee
The reason you have been bountifully blessed
A nation set apart from all the rest
Are you now to forget God
Who has set you free
And choose to be brought into poverty
Will you fail to be thankful
Not serve the Lord the rest of your days
Continue on in self-willed ways?
O, turn back your faces to Him
Our merciful and tender Lord
Who gives much more than temporal things
More than money can afford
For only by abiding in God
Will you continue to be blessed
It’s God alone who can bring to you
Joy, sweet peace and rest
So seek the Lord, America
It’s worth the time, effort, sacrifice, you’ll see
For where the Spirit of our God is
There’s truly liberty.