May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. (Peter Marshall, late chaplain of the U.S. Senate)
Americans celebrate this day in recognition of the winning of independence from a tyrannical government. Too often, however, we celebrate our personal freedoms as if we can just do anything we want to bring us satisfaction, no matter how it may affect others. Marshall’s statement, however, ought to cause us to think more deeply about how we exercise our liberties.
Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. (Psalm 82:3)