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"Let Freedom Ring..."

July 8, 2024

Having just celebrated the 4th of July for the 72nd time, thoughts of freedom and what that means swirl around in my head. Here are some of my thoughts. 

“America - Love It Or Leave It”

This was a popular bumper sticker before memes were ever dreamed of. We have choices in life. There are not only two choices you have concerning the country you live in, mine being America. You don’t have to love it as it is, and you don’t have to leave it if you think it can be better. But for the sake of us all, let’s make it better. That is really the only reasonable choice that we have, that we must choose.

I am human. I am Christian. I am American.

I am human. If you are reading this, you too are human. We are the highest of God’s creation. God made us to have fellowship with Him, to enjoy His creation, to even work with Him to make His creation even better, if that is possible. He gave us creativity, adaptability, appreciation for life, beauty, and the rest of His creation. 

I am a Christian - I believe in God, who created us and loves us. I believe in God’s Son Jesus, who was sent by God to deliver us from our sins, and to show us God’s love, indeed to reconcile us with our loving Creator. 

I am an American because I was born here. You can be an American by choice or by accident. You don’t have to be Christian to be an American. But everyone should understand that the foundations of this country were born out of Christian faith and the Bible. Fallible men built this country using their limited understanding of timeless truth and principles. If we abandon those principles and deny their truth, we risk destroying the foundation and all that is good about our country. If we hold fast to the truth on which this country was founded, we can strive to make it even better. 

Freedom. This is perhaps the most basic reason for which America was founded. Personal and individual and collective freedom. People who were steeped in God’s truth did not want rulers over them who dealt with them as tyrants. They wanted equal freedom and rights. They did not want some people to be dictating over “common people” without rules that did not apply to everyone the same, including those rulers. 

Patriotism. Being an American does not make you better than anyone else in the world. Being American does not give you rights above anyone else. But it does provide you the freedom to take advantage of certain aspects of life that are not recognized or defended the same in all parts of the world. 

Just because I love America doesn’t mean I think it is inherently more blessed by God than other countries, or that Americans are more entitled to God’s blessings. But I do believe that God is far more likely to extend His blessings to those who are consciously and deliberately choosing to follow His revealed will, His plans for those whom He created. If the government of a country (apart from individuals who believe otherwise) declares that there is no God, that man is primary and self-sufficient apart from God, then that country has removed itself from the realm of relationship with God. 

Freedom – it can be used for good or for evil.

Life – we live and let live. 

Wealth – many forms, especially monetary. With freedom and life itself, we can make for ourselves various forms of wealth, including a home, security, food, and other necessities. With these, we have what we need. 

We have many choices in life.

Major choices: Make things better, or let things get worse. Love or hate. Think of yourself only, or consider others around you. How might you help them? 

What is the overall choice you have made in your life?


So change it. Start something better. Give it some thought.

If any of these rioters (criminals) or protestors (change advocates, peaceful, reasonable) had to do in one day what President Trump has to do, they would freak out! I assume that I would. 

Lay out your plans. Write up your proposals. 

But make sure it covers every possible contingency. 

What happens if people disagree? 

Where are you going to get your financing?

Who’s in charge of what? Who decides? 

For instance, do you want to get rid of the police? Let’s just see how that works out. Minneapolis – do a community, local, self-policing effort; just talk together and work things out. Drink tea and just discuss the problems – like drugs overdoses, robbery, murder, abuse, and so on. 

Guns? Get rid of guns? Nothing could go wrong with that. 

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Paul Hayden is a Christian believer, and an American patriot, necessarily in that order. He is a student of the Bible, and is avidly interested in our role in the context of history, as understood through the heart and eyes of faith. Paul has lived and traveled somewhat widely, and now lives in the heartland of the U.S. (central Illinois), with his wife Donna - they have five grown children. Since December of 2016, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of www.ConservativeTruth.org.

"I was raised by a Christian minister, Kenneth Hayden, until his death when I was 10. Then my mom Bonnalee Hunt Hayden married a farmer. So I was raised in a very down-to-earth home. My faith has grown through the years, but both in conjunction with the institutional church and through small groups and individuals, including books as well as group settings, where deep, sincere faith is shared that aligns with Biblical truth."