Difster blogs on liberty:
Over the years I have noticed that most people really don’t understand
the core principles of liberty. There is no higher ideal to aim for in
this life than to secure liberty for ourselves, and by extension our
There are three core principles of liberty:
1. I belong to myself and everything that I own belongs to me. No
one has the right to deprive me of what I own without my consent.
2. I can do as I please so long as it does not interfere with the
liberty of others.
3. Anyone who deprives others of their liberty should be punished
in a manner worthy of the violation but with solemn respect for
justice and mercy.
If there could ever be such a thing as world peace, the principles
outlined above would usher it down aisle where it would be wed with
prosperity unlike the world has ever seen.
We do require some government and where none exists, it will spring
up. Government, wherever it exists should be heavily shackled and
released only to perform a very narrow function. When government is
out exercising its power, there should be men of honor and valor,
armed and waiting to subdue it at the slightest provocation.
The more government we have, the less freedom we have because
government always tends toward tyranny. The corollary to this is that
as the population to be governed grows larger, the opportunities to
oppress increase. China should serve as a sterling example of this.
Here in the United States, cities such as Los Angeles, New York and
Chicago are living laboratories of this principle.
I should not have liberty because the government grants me liberty. I
should have liberty in spite of the inevitable attempt of government
to deprive me of it because it is my due. With that in mind, I should
not willingly engage in activities that deprive others their liberty.
In his letter to the church at Galatia, the Apostle Paul exhorts them:
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing
firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians
5:1, NASB). In context, we must realize that this verse addresses the
slavery of sin and obligatory religion compared to having spiritual
freedom through Jesus. I would encourage you to read Galatians
chapters 4 & 5 and think of it as a model for our civil liberties. Pay
close attention to Gal. 4:13-14: “For you were called to freedom,
brethren; only do not turn your freedom in to an opportunity for the
flesh, but through love, serve one another. For the whole law is
fulfilled in one word, in the statement ‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.'” These chapters should still be applied to their
intended use, I’m referring to them here as a type and shadow of our
It is apparent that our liberties are being eroded on a local, national and global level. We are well on our way toward global governance. The not-so-secret conspirators are claiming power over more and more aspects of our lives. Students of the Bible already know how bad it’s going to get before the end. What we don’t know is when it ends. In the mean time, we must educate those who are ignorant of the principles of liberty and be a shining example of it to our families, friends and communities. Taking up the cause of liberty is much like the work of preaching the Gospel; it requires personal sacrifice and the willingness to stand by your principles in the face of severe opposition. If you aren’t willing to do it, don’t expect anyone to do it for you.