If you asked a million people what freedom is, you'd most likely get a million different answers. We talk about freedom all the time, but, what is it...really?
How are we suppose to stand for freedom, if we don't even know what freedom is?
According to the Webster Dictionary, Freedom is "the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint."
True freedom is being liberated from any oppression that eliminates your ability to make the decision you feel you should make. It's not the license to do whatever you want, but the power to do what you ought.
There are two types of freedom. Personal, and political.
In order to truly be free, you must first have personal freedom.
This is having power over the desires of your body, instead of the desires your body having power over you. Many people are enslaved by pride, lust, anger, jealousy, bitterness, etc...and never find the personal freedom they so desperately long for.
They stay helplessly enslaved to the tyrant of their body's desires.
To learn about how to have personal freedom, click here.
The second type of freedom is political and external.
This is when the government (or any force of man) allows you to live out your life.
This includes choosing where and how you will live; pursuing the career of your choice; making your own financial decisions; and most importantly, living out your faith and conscience.
Basically, political freedom allows you to pursue your ambitions, and become successful.
It's what makes "the American dream" possible.
In conclusion, true freedom (in both forms) is being liberated from that which would enslave you (whether that be your own desires or an oppressive force of man).
I'll leave you with 2 questions:
1. Do you have personal freedom?
2. Do you want true political freedom, or would you rather trade your freedom for the benefits of a powerful government?