STATUTES OF LIBERTY
II Corinthians 3: 12 - 18
JESUS CHRIST said, "If you abide in My Word, you are my
disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free" (John 8: 31, 32).
As citizens of the "land of the free" we have extraordinary
liberty. We are of all people most fortunate. No society has
ever known as much liberty as we enjoy. The question is can we
use and not destructively abuse this liberty.
A little 8 year old girl seeing the Statue of Liberty for the
first time listened intently as her dad told the story of how
France had given the statue to the United States. Since 1886 she
has stood at the entrance of New York Harbor lifting her torch
of liberty to enlighten the world.
That night the little girl had difficulty sleeping. She said,
"Daddy, I am thinking of the beautiful lady out there all by
herself with nobody to help her hold up her lamp. It is dark out
there. Shouldn't we be helping Miss Liberty to hold up her lamp
in the darkness?: Shouldn't we all? HOW?
By exercising RESTRAINT.
Liberty alone is no virtue. Restraint is no vice. We have
reached the point in our land where we feel that if we have the
liberty to do a thing we must do it. Thus, liberty enslaves us.
The only form of true freedom is anarchy. Anarchy in turn
totally destroys freedom by eventually putting a dictator at the
door of our self-imposed and imprisoning zoo to keep us.
"For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do notuse
liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve
one another" (Gal. 5:13).
"Meism?" Is the mandate of the hour. Se ...
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