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Eric’s Sunday Sermon: Let Freedom Ring

Updated on January 1, 2018

Wow This Gal Spreads The Word of Love

I will put Tom Petty - Wildflowers. It reminds me of her "free" spirit.
I will put Tom Petty - Wildflowers. It reminds me of her "free" spirit. | Source

Cool History

People often think that freedom is a right. The Universal Declartion of Human rights was established on 10 December 1948 in Palais de Chaillot, Paris France. You can read it here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/UDHR_Translations/eng.pdf And you should. And Wicki also has a great coverage of the declaration. And of course the “The World Charter & The Road to Peace” by Chevalier (1946) is where we some information regarding the forming and legitimacy of the UN is a source for us here.

This whole notion of the whole world operating within a united nations deal will shock many that that is real close to the United States of America actually uniting. Back during that 13 original states time.

But do not worry. The world is not under control of a UN establishing a perfect union. They really have very little governance authority. Which reminds us history buffs that our American history also gave little authority to the feds and each state retained their rights to a large degree.

“What kind of Sermon is this!?” Every rational nation on our planet provides for freedom of faith. You can call that religion or spirituality. Now the ones that don’t are governed by despots and hateful rulers, sorry to say, all men. Do not get all funky here because it will lead you astray. Of course there are degrees of freedom of religion. Like here in the USA in someplaces you cannot do your religion in a government environ. On the other hypocritical hand “under God” is said by students and my quarter says in God we trust. Sometimes I feel bad for the atheists but then we realize that they could straighten things out like suffrage and civil rights did. So maybe their democratic backing is not so great. We see they have about the same percentage backing as whatever we call sexual preferences and that changed.

Keep in mind our largest population of Christians in one church is basically Catholic, for sure 50 years ago to 150 years ago and they could not elect a president until JFK, and not there after. So in a backward sense those poor folks are not equally treated.

We hope that all of that brings us back to freedom. Freedom is awesome as long as all are treated equally in that freedom. It helps in these times to look at parent and child relations. Of course they are equal in some sense but not really. That kind of gives an idea as to when freedoms are curtailed.

Freedom Is Just Another Way To Say Nothing Left To

You are hereby declared to be free to be happy!
You are hereby declared to be free to be happy! | Source

So Cool

Fare Thee Well

Through years of study, including sociology, philosophy, preaching and the law, it becomes clear that freedom is not. If we are wise we are not free to act in certain ways. Morality hamstrings us. Sure I am free to walk out on my family. But not really. Just because we can do it, if we are moral or faithful we simply could not do that. Freedom is not the ability to do what we please it is the right to do the right thing. How can a drug addict or any other kind of addict be free? They are controlled by not having control. Would we ever think of a gang member as free? And further is a strict religionist free to think what they want?

We are not free to count out change wrongfully – sure we can physically do it but when we start we are not free to act right. Here is a fun one; if you eat like a glutton and do not exercise and smoke and drink chances are pretty good that you lose your freedom of a long and healthy life. Chances are good that if you treat someone really poorly you are not free to call yourself their friend.

That brings us to a hard fact that causes us to chaff. If a refugee leaves his country to survive rather than to stay and fight for his freedom? A choice is made. We are not able to judge that decision. It would just be wrong so that we are not free to decide for another. And in some cases we are free to give refuge and in some we just do not have that right.

Now if we return to that UN declaration we see some pretty clearly communistic concepts, or maybe say socialistic. (not to be rude but I like “communistic” it so much predates Marx and was so exemplified by early Christians) But the concept should not be lost. I really think that “welfare” is a terrible term. To me it is “Well Fare”. To fare well. I am a pretty drastic fiscal conservative and I live California maybe our most “Well Fare” state (maybe not). And I tell you true that my wife and I never object to our taxes. Like I even have a choice, for sure not a free one, I am a Christian and I do not get to walk out my door for even one second and not help those that deserve, and we all do, well fare.

Trip to Philadelphia Taking South Route To Alabama, Then Over to North Dakota. Then to Seattle. Then Back To Arizone, It Felt Good.

Some Things You Leave Free

This guy was five feet long
This guy was five feet long | Source

Please When You Argue Do Not Say Your Life is Horrible

I have a fairly significant health issue called cancer. We pay a bunch in premiums. I had an insurance license for a bit. And I got the notion that if you make more you pay more so those who cannot pay more can still be treated. I really do not need any of these national health care initiatives to tell me that. I am not free to kind of scam the system, I am free to help others. Isn’t real freedom and opportunity to help others? Isn’t freedom a full on right to do well for our fellow man.

Now I think I would rather spend my do re me in the private sector. But that is so problematic, that I gave up the notion. My son’s school is so cool for us. My bride takes him to school because it just causes me to suffer looking at pretty much sleep deprived and malnourished kids who do not do homework. Again though I say to you that when I do go I see parents getting to eat also in the breakfast program. They do all local organic purchases, that is so bitching cool. During summer at my library there are breakfast and lunch served, maybe 50 folks, of course family. My boy and I watched once or two times until all in line were filled and then went to another cool line and paid 75 cents to get our organic type veggie burger, milk and salad. Low and behold we sat with a classmate of his and I muddled through with my Spanglish with his dad who lost a job with a broken arm. We hooked him with our preacher handyman. We were not free to do that by society.

I hope that by something more than the common sense here that you step back Jack. Take a look at what is so freely given you and pass it on, as you are not free to do so, you are obligated.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I agree with what you say. While we must create for it's sake. We must share for our sake. And any talents given us must be shared for His sake.

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      Linda Lum 

      9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, what a wonderful way to begin the New Year. It all boils down to love. We have been given the greatest love. We are free to keep it to ourselves or share it with others. A moral choice for sure, but when you don't share the love with others, what you hold onto inside slowly dies, don't you think?

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      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much my Australian friend and happiest to you and yours.

      I do believe that the honesty you will be practicing will require a whole lot of time. You just cannot succeed if you practice "dirive by" honesty. And that will be a challenge as most people these days think they just don't have the time.

      Here is a fun one. "what do people do with their extra time they get when they abbreviate and acronym and emoji?"

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      threekeys 

      9 months ago

      I dont think we all are free but those that have access to a greater number or range of resources experiences greater freedom-that is, having choices.

      As to enabling one of my New Year Resolutions for 2018, I am planning to apply the technique of radical honesty for the whole month of January. It will be a social experiment for me and I am worried to the potential effects seeming this town has a strong authouritarian influence. I am keen to see if being radically honest does improve intimacy or healing. Or, trepidatiously, blow my relationships out of the park. I will be dipping my toe in the waters tentatively.

      Radical honesty will feel freeing in the moment but will it land me in confining or restrictive circumstances at the same time? Mmmm, will see.

      Good read Eric. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora thank you. We have a tradition here. First one to bed wins. We don't do champagne and we ramp it up for Tet, Chuc Mung Nam Moi. Our moon is glorious so that is fine.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Freedom is not the ability to do what we please it is the right to do the right thing." I agree. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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