We are a nation searching for our identity. We are searching for our identity through freedom, one of the trademarks of our country.
The freedom we pursue is a counterfeit freedom. We want the freedom to do. We want the law to provide access to marijuana for recreational use, to grant marriage licenses for same-sex couples, and to allow women to abort their children. We do not pursue the freedom to become—to be transformed into a nation of individuals that protect the body from drugs, protect the body and soul from immorality, and protect life.
Examining our nation’s progression in these issues, I see a nation that is free to choose, but I do not see a liberated people. Rather, I see a people in bondage because the freedom we have established is not freedom at all. My friend uses this example: people are free to access pornography, but they are often addicted to illicit images. The object, pornography, has gained power over the individual, and the individual submits to it. The freedom to choose what satisfies has not resulted in liberation but bondage.
We also seek the freedom to define ourselves for ourselves. We want to push down all barriers that would limit the way the individual wants to live. The individual has the authority to distinguish right from wrong for him or herself, whether the issue is related to drugs, marriage, or abortion. No institution, no government, no religion, no world leader, and dare I say, no God, can revoke that right from the individual.
As a result of this boundless pursuit of freedom, our nation has destroyed its foundation of morals that have guided its decision making, partly because the Christian values that once girded our nation in both law and common religious roots are viewed as archaic roadblocks in need of revision or omission.
In place of this freedom of human design, I submit to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which presents me with a life of boundaries that are not limitations because they protect me from physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional harm that can be difficult to overcome.
Through this freedom, I know that I can design my life the way I desire, but I elect to reject the authority to live as I please because I know that while many things are permissible, not all things are beneficial, edifying, and life-giving. I could, for example, smoke marijuana if I wanted to, but I choose not to because I don’t want to wrestle with addiction or be tempted to engage with more dangerous substances.
Freedom is not established through our personal right to pursue whatever we desire, but through a laying down of our desires in exchange for what is morally and ethically beneficial.
My immediate critics will state that I cannot experience the world and be me because of these boundaries, but I am not. I am protected from addiction to drugs, both legal and illegal. I am protected through the Biblical example of marriage. I was even protected in the womb when my parents decided that a higher, eternal authority must decide if I should exist.
My dear America, we were once a nation under God. I believe that this God is the God of the Bible, not a generic god, the god of the Enlightenment, or the God of any non-Judeo-Christian religion. We have slighted this God because our small human minds that can barely comprehended the universe declare that we are wise enough to redefine marriage and have the right to take lives. Who do we think we are? We think we are gods, but were are merely fragile human beings.
We are not a nation under God anymore, and that is a scary thought. A nation under God is protected by God, favored by God, and treasured by God. In the Bible, when God removes his protective presence from His people and allows punishment, the nation cries out in its suffering. What will happen to us? Only time will tell, and we may experience tragedy sooner than we desire.