"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety" Benjamin Franklin
I read this quote in a magazine the other day and it stopped me cold. I know our country is in trouble. I know the foundation of freedom our forefathers laid is crumbling. For the past 100 years, bit by bit, our freedoms have been stripped from us in the form of high taxes, entitlement programs and government takeovers. I heard yesterday that the FCC has decided to regulate the internet. I know they are already trying to take certain talk radio off the air. Who are we, Nazi Germany? Before too long people like me who have a strong belief in God and the freedom of the individual will be censored. And even if you have different beliefs than I do, don't think that they won't censor you as well!
Yet, despite all this, all I see around me are apathetic people who are not only ignorant of what's going on, but are too self-involved to even care. More and more I see the young people in this country looking for government handouts, whether it be in the form of unemployment or help with college or buying a home. Guess what, people? When the government controls the purse strings of the things you need in life, you have lost your freedom. And according to Benjamin Franklin, if you're willing to trade your freedom for money, for aid, for a more comfortable life, you don't deserve to be free in the first place.
Although I pray for this country nearly every day, I don't have much hope for us. We have become complacent, spoiled children, holding out our hands for more toys, more goodies. Before too long, some of these people will wake up to a new America. One where everything you do, everything you eat, everything you watch on TV will be monitored, regulated, controlled. Because after all, you're too stupid to run your own life. You're too stupid to make good decisions. So big Daddy government will step and make them for you. These are the people who will wake up one day and find all their freedoms gone. They'll wonder how it happened, but it will be too late to change it.
Yet, as a believer in Jesus, I can rest in the knowledge that God is on the throne and whatever happens is part of His plan for the end of the age. And that eventually, all man-made governments will fail in this world because without God, man is inherently evil and the power he obtains makes that evil come to life. One day this world will be ruled by the Kingdom of God and all will be in subjection to His Son. I, for one, can't wait!