Freedom and Responsibility.

I did not want to get too personal on my blog and Facebook page, but it is impossible for me not to.

For those of you who don’t already know, I am a military spouse and very proud not only of my husband, but of every service member, who has served, and is serving now. As an American with communist fleeing blood coursing through my veins, I was raised from the point of view that freedom is a wonderful and gratifying thing, but it is also a responsibility. For example, freedom of speech, though it includes the right to say whatever I please, it also includes the responsibility to still be respectful even when offended by someone else exercising that same right. How could I preserve that right for myself if I want to see it taken away from someone else, just because they offended me? The true American way is to be the bigger person and accept our differences and still be united. I am not trying to be political, just needing to vent actually, since there was a comment posted on my Facebook page that I disagree with, but will not delete because of my belief in freedom of speech.

With that said, I am not going to just shut up and stand down either. You see, I feel that if you believe in something, you should stand up for it, otherwise what is the point of believing in it at all?

As a Christian, I have my convictions as a believer, even though I am definitely not the “ideal” Christian, because I am also a realist and I know that perfection cannot be met by anyone. If you read my book you will definitely see this by the cussing and other less than perfect life choices and actions the characters I penned experience. With that said, I firmly believe in John 3:16-17 that God so loved the WORLD that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but be given eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but the save the world through him…

Notice how those verses state that God loves the WORLD, not only some, or the ones he knows already love him, or the blameless and perfect, but the entire world full of sinners. All sinners, including me. No matter if someone’s sin is different from yours and mine or not, we are ALL loved by God.

With that said, we are a nation of laws to protect ourselves and the greater good by persecuting those who commit crimes, but Christians should never condemn anyone in the name of God. For God is love and does not want a sinner to perish into hell, but to turn away from sin and live a righteous, healthy life. Ezekiel 33:11 says “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their evil ways and live.

There is too much confusion of God’s grace and mercy today and it brings condemnation to those who are hurting and those who are “sinners” it’s so sad because it turns so many away from God’s love.

 Before you accuse me of getting preachy, let me state that it is my freedom to love God and believe in his word, while taking the responsibility as an American to respect those who believe differently. That is not to say that I should change my belief to cater to theirs. That would make my freedom of religion invalid. Why should I stay silent when someone expects to oppress me like that? It is alright to be tolerant of each other’s differences, it is not alright to try and take our freedoms away to make everyone in-line to what you think is right. Likewise, it would be wrong for me to try to take their beliefs away from them. This is where responsibility comes in, we all have to be adults and realize that not everyone will agree. Never can someone make everyone happy. But we can be respectful and accepting of different in the name of freedom.

As for politics, (yikes I’m bringing it up) I am a registered Republican, but am switching to Independent since I am flat out disgusted with both sides of the isle and it is my freedom to disagree with the direction our country is heading, but it is my responsibility to respect that the politicians in office were voted into their positions. It is because of freedom that Americans are able to cast their votes the way they see fit, I should not turn against my own countrymen just because they vote differently than I do, how could we possibly expect to keep our freedoms with a mindset like that?

We really need to unite on the simple fact that we are all free to disagree. Though it can be annoying and frankly, upsetting at times, it is worth it because to have that freedom is a beautiful thing. And while it is free for us, it was not given freely and it certainly is not kept without sacrifice. So many men and women died for us to have the right to disagree, the right to speak our minds, the right to vote, the right to practice the religion of our choice, the right to work in whatever profession we choose and also the right to live each day the way we want. To be able to move from place to place and go wherever we please whenever we want, is not something that is available to every person on earth. The only reason why those freedoms are available to us Americans is because of the blood and lives lost to gain and preserve it.

There are many responsibilities of freedom, just never forget the cost.