Pulpit Reflections by Bob Grossman The United States of America is a nation based on the idea that "liberty" is one of the "inalienable" rights with which God our Creator has endowed "all men." So says our Declaration of Independence adopted on July 4, 1776. But WHAT is this God-given "liberty" that the founders of the U.S.A. thought so important?
For them, "liberty" is freedom UNDER law to do good, it is NOT freedom from law. Specifically, "liberty" is NOT "license to do evil."
Today, thinking that liberty is freedom to do evil is common not just among hippies left over from the 1960s, but also among law-abiding citizens and court judges who've never sampled drugs, adultery or abortion, because we think it would be somehow "unAmerican" to be against "freedom" to do anything a person wants to do. The problem with the U.S.A. today then is that we have opened the door to the wrong kind of freedom.
The concept, "freedom under law," is really quite easy to understand. If I am free to do bad things, I will always destroy your freedom. For example, if I am free to murder, you are not free to walk down the street; if I am free to steal, you are not free to own property; and if I am free to commit adultery you are not free to be safely married or raise your children in a safe environment.
This last point, about the social evil of adultery, is almost totally overlooked in our society today but it is very true. Adultery spreads sexually transmitted diseases, costing billions of dollars of unnecessary medical expense which in turn raises everyone's insurance and other medical costs.
Much worse, freedom to commit adultery multiplies the incidence of broken marriages and unwed mothers that produce untold misery in the lives of millions of abused women and children, and great emotional pain even when there is no physical abuse. You see, "free love," is not free at all!
Well, if "liberty" is "freedom under law to do good," who decides what is "good" for everybody? This is where America has changed most.
Today we think that everyone ought to decide right and wrong for themselves. This is really quite foolish, because it makes each of us his/her own god, and we are simply not big enough, wise enough or righteous enough to be our own gods.
None of us have created even one square inch of our skin. Playing god for ourselves is about as smart as telling a snail to build an automobile. It's a joke.
Our founding fathers of the U.S. were very clear that the Ten Commandments given by the real Creator God of the Bible are the best rule of right and wrong ever found among human beings.
They had the Ten Commandments carved in stone on the walls of the Supreme Court and put the words, "In God We Trust" on all of our money, and they based their whole political theory on the fact that He has created us all equal.
But doesn't this talk about the God of the Bible and the basis of our nation violate the "separation of church and state? Not according to the founders of our nation, who wrote both the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment. For them, "freedom of religion" did NOT mean the "equality of all religions"
They clearly recognized that some religions are superior to others. For them, the Christianity of the Bible was the one true religion, so while they did not want the federal government to be connected with any one church denomination as was common in Europe (and we can thank God for that), they did not hesitate for a moment to make the Ten Commandments of the Bible the necessary moral basis of our liberty.
Now some in the U.S. today do not like this history, or the principles followed by the founding fathers, they would rather ask a snail to build a car. But 227 years of American history teach us that the future belongs to those nations who trust the true God, who created all men equal.