Liberty Lite

Natalia, age 2.

My husband, Samuel, was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia. He grew up in the heyday of Josip Broz Tito, a war hero and shrewd politician who ran the country in a style that might be called “communist-lite.”  After WWII, the government took over farms, factories, and other businesses while, at the same time, Yugoslavians were free to leave. Many did, working in Western Europe and abroad – where jobs and opportunities were – and sending money home.

I tell you this because July 4th is here again and I am thinking a lot about liberty. And its slow demise.

My husband has, since acquiring U.S. citizenship, become a fierce patriot.

The day of the recent high court ruling, he came home for lunch from his office at the church. Suddenly, at one point, he stopped, looking uncharacteristically annoyed. “You know, I’m really upset about the Supreme Court decision.”

It isn’t the analyzing and prognosticating that he finds so dismaying. It is the fact that he has lived under the heavy hand of the political ruling class. He knows firsthand the degenerating effect of “government control”.  And he knows what inevitably follows: loss of liberty.

My dad used to say, “The man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with argument.”

We live in a time when our leaders are squandering the wealth of an industrious, entrepreneurial, freedom-loving people. It’s like an Olympic sprinter being expected to run with a 50 lb. lead ball attached to an ankle.

And it is our own fault. As 19th c. French historian Alexis de Tocqueville put it: “We get the government we deserve.” We certainly get the government we elect.

Sam (Starki) and Isaac

This is a magnificent country. Sam and I would like to think that our grandchildren will grow up, not in the shadow of some liberty-lite, witless, utopian scheme, but in the sunlight of America’s freedoms and opportunities.

We’ll do our best at the ballot box. And on our knees.

This 4th of July, I ask you to join me in

  • thanking God for the blessings of liberty
  • praying that God will raise up leaders of integrity at every level of government
  • praying for wisdom, for all of us, in the days ahead.

So you will be my people, and I will be your God.  Jeremiah 30:22

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Erin on July 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    AMEN!!! I could not agree more! We need to be hitting our knees for this country.

    Reply

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