May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Libertine or Liberty?

I had written earlier about Man and God and liberty. I noted that through my evolution from Marxist to Conservative Christian I had noticed something. The idea of liberty and freedom comes through scripture. The Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, and Constitution all draw from Scripture. (For those interested, the best analysis of this is M. Stanton Evans’ The Theme is Freedom.) The Leftist or Statist view of freedom is being a slave to the material; Marx, Engels, Lenin and Rousseau were all atheists, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic. Our society has been following and applying their ideology since the early 20th century and look where we are.

As we watch the decaying of America, it’s noticeable the liberty is being confused with libertine. I remember listening to a Los Angeles talk show host that called himself a libertarian, but he was no more that a libertine. It was all about what brings on pleasure. If it feels good, do it, as the 60’s slogan said.

We have a legal system the puts the rights of criminals above the safety of citizens. We have government and citizens thinking have the debt monkey on our backs, personally and nationally, is a good thing. Sex above relationships. Disposable marriages. We all know the litany of things dragging down doing right, good and moral things.

Augustine:  For of a perverse will, was a lust made; and a lust served, became custom; and custom not resisted, became necessity. (Confessions 8.5)  Or as the Doobie Brothers put it, “What were once vices are now virtues”.

True liberty, true freedom, comes from having the discipline to live a scriptural base life. God directs us through scripture to a right kind of life. Christ died the way he did to give us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean of our bad thoughts and behaviors. That’s the hard way. The anti-scriptural is the easy way, and doesn’t lead to freedom.

Romans: "…because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."

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