In observing today’s young people, it is clear that too many don’t have a proper understanding of the necessity of liberty for a prosperous nation. It is essential that we understand this, and I want to answer this question today:
Why do we want Liberty?
First off, bearing in mind what Savannah said last week about God as the author of liberty, I think we have to approach it from this perspective:
In the beginning, God created the universe — all the millions of stars, the planets, plants and animals, and two special people, Adam and Eve. The world was perfect until Adam and Eve sinned. When Adam sinned, sin entered the world and affected the rest of humanity (Romans 5:12). Unfortunately, as the population grew, the world became more and more sinful, until, with the gracious exception of one man and his family, the Lord chose to destroy everything by a flood. After the flood, the population grew once more and God eventually chose to establish his law through another man, Moses. God’s people sinned, yet years later, in the middle of all our sin, death, and rebellion, God chose to mercifully send His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for us! John 3:17 says “God sent not His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved,” and “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
The spiritual liberty that comes from a relationship with the the Lord leads to political liberty. If the Holy Spirit is not living within a person, driving away their sins of pride and greed, the potential still remains for them to become tyrannical. That’s why we base our reason for liberty on that glorious redemption story!
Now that we have that foundation, to help us answer the question above, let’s first define liberty.
Noah Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines liberty this way:
1. freedom or release from slavery, imprisonment, captivity, or any other form of arbitrary control
2. the sum of rights and exemptions posed in common by the people of a community, state, etc
First of all, the word arbitrary simply means “random or based upon personal whims.” So, the first definition means “freedom from absolute rule by a few over many.” The second definition refers to those “unalienable rights” which we all share. In our American context, this means that we have freedom from random and tyrannical forms of government, and we also hold the right to have a say in the way we are governed. In addition, we the people take measures to correct bad government when it becomes tyrannical.
Now that we’ve defined liberty, let’s get to answering this question:
“Why do we want liberty?”
Because liberty equals prosperity!
The United States of America is the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. The government system as outlined by our constitution is amazing. There are no other countries today, nor have there ever been in the past, that have had a form of government like ours. The United States of America have been more and given more to the rest of the world than any other nation in history because of the benefits of liberty.
Here are just a few examples of these benefits:
-According to Giving USA, in 2015, America gave an estimated 373 billion dollars to charities.
-According to Christianity Today, in 2010, 127,000 missionaries left America to serve and spread the gospel.
-According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, approximately 150,000 patents of U.S. origin were granted just in 2015. American patents equal almost as much as the rest of the world combined!
-According to the Department of Numbers, the average family income in 2014 was approximately $54,000 a year. The New York Times said that “…the typical person in the bottom 5 percent of the American income distribution is still richer than 68 percent of the world’s inhabitants.”
To say the least, America is exceptional! These are the kind of things that come when a nation enjoys liberty.
On the contrary, those nations with less liberty produce less and kill more. A loss of freedom inevitably leads to communism, and communist governments have killed literally millions of people. Big government enslaves people. As a result, the citizens have lower quality of life, do not think for themselves, and create less as individuals, therefore producing less as a nation. All you have to do is look back over the 20th Century and observe the different dictators that have come to power, and you will see all of these negative effects.
The kind of life we enjoy in America only comes from liberty.
Although there is even more we could go into in answering this question, I hope you can see why we want this liberty we’ve been talking all about, and that you have a greater desire to go fight for these liberties!
Remember: Liberty equals prosperity!