Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunsets, Rights, and Freedom

I've been led to believe that Benjamin Franklin has already addressed what we saw unfold in Boston just this week. Now some may say, it's too soon to address this, but I think waiting may be too late and may only cost us more. We are taught to never make major decisions in great fear, grief, or too soon following a traumatic event. Yet, here we are facing more potential loss of freedom in the hopes of a little security. There is an old saying that goes something like this, "There's only two things I have to do in this life, die and pay taxes." Well, there are two facts of life, that we need to consider besides those two things and taxes comes to mind as a reminder. Nearly every tax that's ever been presented has been presented to be temporary and to sunset. How many taxes have really gone away. Social Security began as voluntary! Now, back to my point. Taxes don't go away, rights can be lost, and freedoms given up, don't return . . .

This concern is obviously not just about Boston, but about the fact that someone labeled an "enemy combatant" is not necessarily going to have their Miranda rights read, and in regard to this case, the Miranda rights are not necessary if what is being said is "not intended to be used at trial." Well now, "intentions" will be very hard to determine down the road, since there is no thought police governing those doing the interrogating.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

I'm not accusing anyone in power at this time of having evil intent, but that's also not to say everyone is above question. Neither is it to say, this foundation of security will not fall into hands of mal-intent. Scripture says, at some point, pure evil will rule the globe for a time. So, as a believer, I believe every step that is taken for safety at the hand of humanity will move society one step closer to the acceptance of that which is prophesied.

What Boston looked like Friday?

Perhaps this last picture, some will find to be illogically outrageous. I wish I did, but all things considered, I simply hope it's a wake-up call to all of us that we recognize and realize we will not be able to "outlaw" every implement used with evil intent. Evil intent is spiritual and cannot be managed by more legislation.

G-d gave us 613 laws and many people who claim to trust Him consider that bondage, so how does anyone figure more laws made by a government we're not sure we trust, will protect our freedom?
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