In the United States, the 4th of July is a day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This document declared our nation’s independence from Great Britain.
So we’re free now.
I know some people who would emphatically say no. I’m not writing this to generate a heated argument on whether or not we are free. That is a philosophical conversation that I would love to have with anybody reading this over a La Cosecha coffee, a Strange Donut donut, or a Sauce on the Side calzone. I’ll even pay, so it’ll be free for you!
I’d like to briefly share my ideas on freedom. An element of freedom is responsibility: responsibility to your community and environment, responsibility to your fellow human and all creatures, responsibility to yourself, and responsibility to your Creator. Freedom means nothing if we don’t use it to enrich the lives of others and improve our world. However, I don’t believe that on this planet or in this life we will ever be truly and totally free, in every sense of the word. How could we? We are bound by natural laws that we cannot break or beat. To an extent, we are bound by our pasts and biases. Some of us are bound by poor health and similar challenging circumstances. I do know this: the freedom that I have thanks to Jesus Christ is a freedom that can never be taken from me. It’s a freedom that is valid in this life and the next. But regardless of differing spiritual beliefs, I’m confident we can all agree that freedom is a vast idea of supreme importance to every living creature on this planet. We named our organization Freedom Arts & Education Center because of that truth. We want to help people live freely. We want to enrich people’s lives and improve our community and inspire others to do the same.
“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
“Time’s changed, freedom reigns, I’m a grown man. Holding the future in the palms of my own hand.”
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
-George Washington Carver
“Pierced feet, pierced hands, blood stained son of man. Fullness forgiveness free passage into the promise land, that same breath God breathed into us God gave it up to redeem us.”
“Without Sovereignty, I don’t have freedom at all.”
“To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away.”
“God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men, and brown men, and yellow men; God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Andrew Gibson (Executive Director, Music Coordinator, Music/Academic Mentor)