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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Greatest Gift

How comfortable do you feel about everything you've ever concealed being disclosed? How would you live your life differently if you wanted to live it without worrying what was disclosed? (Serendipity Bible 10th anniversary edition page 1398).

In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,
and a little child will lead them all.
(Isaiah 11:6 NLT)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Amendment 1 US Constitution)

The American birthright of freedom of speech has awesome implications. Think of it for a moment – just think of it – a world without censors. Are any of us really ready for this awesome and priceless gift? I often think of the Scripture passage that says that in the end a little child will lead them. And the outstanding characteristic of little children is their lack of filters. Can we tough adults really endure simple honesty, simple truth – do we have the courage even the indomitable spirit to let chips fall where they may? I wish all of us to contemplate for a moment that freedom. What if we were not afraid of our concealments, but because human experience was so universally honest there were no hidden shames – no craven deceits – for all were fully aware of shared human vulnerabilities and thus were no longer insidiously controlled by them? Freedom of speech may well end up being for humanity in time when all implications are fully expressed and realized the very key to unimagined progress in human affairs. I think the greatest gift of our founding fathers not only to America but to everyone was this shining, uplifted challenge to simply be honest with others and true to oneself. There are no fields of endeavor and no landscapes of the psyche that in the end will be left untouched by the First Amendment.

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