As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we are thankful for our country’s freedom given as a blessing from God!
FREEDOM AS A RESPONSIBILITY Patrick Henry defined freedom in his famous 1775 speech ‘Give me Liberty or Give me Death’, comparing the absence of freedom to slavery. “It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” Our forefathers carved out a life of freedom for us, that we can only approach with a sense of gratitude and the light burden of responsibly.
So how do we create meaning for our freedom that extends into our daily lives? Like our forefathers, do we have a responsibility to stand up for our convictions, our fellow citizens, to guard against discrimination, be a voice for the voiceless and serve those we love, our neighborhood, community and city? Not just because we feel its the right thing to do but because, like our forefathers, we are convinced we answer to a higher calling?
Bay Area Habitat for Humanity hopes to inspire you this Fourth to look beyond the fireworks and festivities, to seek meaning in your freedom that inspires an attitude of service and liberty to stand up for those around you!
WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?