Independence Day

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 US senate chaplain)

This is an idea that seems rather contradictory to modern thought. Americans value their freedom, and some, unfortunately, believe it is their right to do whatever they please if it doesn’t directly harm someone else. This greater understanding of liberty enables us to do so much more of value when it is exercised with others in the pursuit of justice and rights for all.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)