235 years old yesterday. That is still pretty young, IMO. Yet some countries only last months or even days. What was it all about? Freedom. Allegedly.
Well Congress got a paid day: FOR ONLY WORKING 25 SECONDS
That just doesn't seem right to me. I wonder if they will pay taxes on that pay? Do they even have to pay income tax? hmmmm, something I really should know.
Anyways, I find it simply IRONIC how much people celebrated yesterday about their "FREEDOM" and how SO many "reminded" us how our troops or our government 'granted us' our freedoms, yet every other day of the year, they don't seem to mind as the government strips us of or tries to bind our freedoms. Sorry folks but the U.S.A. is NOT a free country. No country is really. Fighting wars and shedding blood is not what grants freedom. Our freedom is GOD given, NOT man given. Although we can allow man to bind it or take it. But the question becomes can we really shed blood to KEEP our freedom? (not that we really have it to begin with) OR are these wars and deaths just binding us more with the shed blood now on our hands?
What is freedom? Does it mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want? Seriously, is THAT freedom??? Is it ONLY for those who fight other men for it? Is freedom being locked in battle with your "enemy"?? Is freedom sending our young ones to fight the battle for us??? Is there really freedom from taking another persons life? Just because some of the same "type" of persons have taken lives themselves.....???
Is freedom, going to work each day of the week so that on the weekend you can party? Is freedom working at a job you actually like? Is freedom having your own land (although you have to pay yearly taxes on it), making your own power, growing your own food, and homeschooling your kids??? is THAT freedom??
OR is it KNOWLEDGE of how things REALLY are??? Is THAT freedom?
A famous man once said "the truth shall set you free", yet his followers seem to be the LEAST free people on earth. The TRUTH shall set you free....
The truth shall set you free......
The truth shall set you FREE!
Freedom is NOT about these earthly things, freedom is within us. Knowledge of who we are and how we stand with the God of Christ is what truly sets us free. This is the freedom we experience even when we are imprisoned, beaten, starved, lonely, oppressed, taxed to the hilt by gov, nagged at by spouses, working as factory drones, etc. There are those who are truly FREE in every single country on this planet.
And if we are truly honest with ourselves, we KNOW who these people are that ARE truly free. We see them here and there as we go about our lives. These are the ones with that big warm genuine smile on their face and joy in their hearts. You've seen them. That older lady at the counter of Micky D's or that quiet gentleman at the hardware store. You know that inner peace when you see it. You know the ones I'm talking about.
They have found the TRUTH and have been set FREE. They KNOW that freedom does NOT come from mankind shedding blood on the battle field, but rather the shed blood of just ONE man. They KNOW that freedom is NOT something granted to men by other men, but rather that freedom comes from God. There is no doubt in their minds that all these governments in the world really are irrelevant when compared to the Kingdom of God.
They listened to the Shepard's voice and are following him to his God.
And the truth shall set YOU free.