“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.” Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), principal author o the Declaration of Independence & America’s third
If you were forced to love someone, would you be able to? Would it be real love if you were controlled mind, body and soul into doing it? Or is love a choice made freely and willingly? Love forced is not love at all; it is tyranny.
Our Founding Fathers knew that our rights came not from government, but from our Creator. They knew that liberty first began with Him, when He first decided to give Man the choice to love Him – or not. The idea of liberty and free will are intertwined; take away someone’s free will to decide on what they will believe, what they will say, what they will buy, or what they will do, and you remove their freedom to live as they see fit. And when you limit freedom, you expand into a dictatorship.
No better of example of this is the reign of Adolph Hitler. What began as limiting the freedom of some (the German Jews), grew to limiting the freedom of all Germans, as homosexuals, Christian resisters, and political dissidents were also sent to the death camps and executed. In his zeal to unify Germany, force the loyalty of the Germans towards the Third Reich, and expand his agenda throughout Europe, he enslaved his nation, murdered his citizens, and brought the world to war.
Imperfect Man’s definition of love is forced, and often leads to tyranny and death. The irony is, Jesus’s definition of love requires a free will choice, and leads to life. God wants His people to be free to make their own choices on whether or not to love Him; otherwise it is not love at all. God’s love is what we see reflected in the marriage vows, where a man and a woman freely choose each other; shotgun weddings rarely work out.
Unfortunately, the government has been trying for quite some time to force upon us what they see as a fit way to live. Do you really feel less offended, less controlled, more protected and more knowledgeable when the government makes the choices for you on what you should value, see, buy, hear and read? Is not liberty about making free will choices, from the clamoring of competing voices, and deciding for ourselves on what to listen and respond to? Do so many Americans truly stand in fear of this liberty that we must have the government control us? Or even use the government to control others? Is our viewpoint so weak that we must silence all that disagree, either out of fear or a desire to control?
God set the definition of true liberty long ago. It begins with free will. The Founders knew that ignoring this very basic of human rights would lead to tyranny. If we forget this all freedoms guaranteed in the U.S Constitution would erode as our will is ceded to that of the government. Perhaps you are comfortable with that, as long as the government shares your viewpoint. But what if that changes? Like the people of Germany found out, limiting the liberty of some eventually leads to limiting the liberty of all.
This country was founded on the principle of liberty, where people could live, work, buy, sell, speak and worship in freedom and without interference. This Constitutional government was created to protect and expand liberty, allowing the free will of the people to flourish. It is not there to find new ways to limit it and force a collective version of what is lovely and valuable. That should be left for the people themselves to individually decide. Does that put us at risk of offense? Of course. But to paraphrase the words of Thomas Jefferson, I would rather suffer the inconveniences of too much liberty than suffer the tyranny of to little of it. If God Himself did not fear the consequences that came with free will and liberty, in His yearning for His children to love Him freely, then why should we?
“The person who used political power to force others to conform to his ideas seems inevitably to become corrupted by the power he holds. In due course he comes to believe that power and wisdom are the same thing and, since he has power, he must also have wisdom. At this point he begins to lose his ability to distinguish between what is morally right and what is politically expedient.” Ben Moreell (1892-1978), former chief of the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Yards and Docks and of the Civil Engineer Corps, and known as Father of the US Navy’s Seabees