Thank God for the great liberties which He has given us in America!
Most people take our liberties - religious, political, personal and economic -- for granted. They are so ingrained and expected in our blessed nation, that citizens today have no concept or appreciation of their origin.
Liberty itself is a biblical value. The Bible says, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17, KJV). Christ brings liberty, dignity and value to the human spirit. That is why despots and despotic systems, such as fascism, atheistic communism and tyrannical religious systems, hate the Bible and Christianity -- it contains liberating truth.
For example, in some primitive nations today under the power of pagan religion, women are under severe bondage, often treated as animals. But Christ brought dignity to women, and where His Spirit is in control, they are free to be what God made them to be. "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36, NIV).
People take our liberties of private property and free enterprise for granted, but they are also biblically based. For example, the American system of free enterprise quickly evolved from an initial and failed experiment with collectivism, or communism, at both Plymouth and Jamestown.
At Plymouth, by arrangement with investors back in England who had underwritten the Pilgrim enterprise, at first the settlers ran a "collective" or communist-like farming operation. But they soon discovered that it was greatly inefficient, not promoting individual incentive, and producing disastrous results. Later, experiments in other nations have proven equally disastrous.
The people debated and decided that each person should have his own parcel of land, trust his own potential and assume his own risks. This decision helped establish the American system of free enterprise.
Governor Bradford wrote (old spelling), "They had very good success. For it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corne was planted than other waise wold have bene by any means ye govr or any other could use..."
Bradford added, "The experience...may well evince, the vantie of that conceite of Platos and other ancients, applauded by some in later times -- that ye taking away of propertie, and bringing in comunitie into a comon wealth, would make them happy and flourishing, as if they were wiser than God."
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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