1 Peter 2:13-17 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
Today I am so very grateful for freedom. I open my email this morning and find a ridiculous amount of “spam” all related to the coming election. I also see a lot of news articles talking about Hurricane Sandy. What damage was done. There is so much for me to be thankful for as I scan the news articles; the photos of those who lost so very much in the blink of an eye.
We take our freedom for granted too often. So many times we forget what it really means to be free. And as my son says quoting his pal Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Have we forgotten? Have we become lazy in caring for that which we are so blessed to have?
America – there is no nation that is greater; no other nation that allows the freedoms…As the election time draws to a close; I pray that we will all be wise in casting our votes. I pray that we may be blessed with the wisdom and the strength to do what is right; to stand for what this country was founded on. If we wish to continue in our freedoms, there is no other way.
So Lord I ask you today to bless this land; watch over and move the hearts and minds of those who have forgotten how precious our freedom truly is – let them see and understand the importance of their vote and the beauty of His plan in all things. May we submit ourselves to you Lord; and rejoice in the day and the freedom we are so very blessed to have.
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Though it’s arguable that there are other countries currently more supportive of individual freedoms than the USA, your article still makes a valid point. Freedom does require nurturing, and we should be grateful for the sacrifices made by our predecessors.
Getting the idea of personal responsibility from Spiderman is probably just as good as getting it from the originators of that phrase. Voltaire wrote it, albeit in French. A UK Member of Parliament implied in 1817 that a variant of it was already a cliché. The sentiment is also found in Luke 12:48: “from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (NIV).
I’m sorry to disagree about the Reagan quote though. It may sound stirring, but it’s also kind of dumb. Every living thing is individually subject to extinction, so it happens a lot quicker than “a generation”. We may live “free”, but we’re still all gonna die. Be grateful for whatever time you’ve got.
today too many people are taking our freedom for granted. President Reagan was a very wise man, his quote is so very true. Freedom is truely something to be thankful for.