"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" is a line from "Me and Bobby McGee," made popular by Janis Joplin. This month we celebrated Independence Day and reminded ourselves of our freedoms.
We're generally free to travel where we want, when we want, and to some degree how we want. We're free to eat what we want, when we want, and how much much we want. We can drive big SUV's or smart cars, deisel, gasoline, or some sort of hybrid; or we can choose to ride a bicycle or take public transportation. We buy the clothes we want from the stores we want, or at least we think we do. We watch the TV we want, the movies we want, and listen to the music we want, or at least we think we do. We can read or not read, leave a big carbon footprint or go green.
We're free to worship whoever and whatever we want to worship. Even if we choose not to attend a place of worship or believe in God or a god we still worship. If you doubt this try and get tickets to a UK basketball game at Rupp and watch and listen to the crowd worship. Head to Keeneland and stand by the rail close to the finish line and watch and listen to the crowd as they worship. Attend a concert of your favorite band and you'll see people with raised hands, singing along, and knwoing when to stand and when to sit. It's worship. After all, worship is "giving worth or devotion to something."
In parts of our world people do not have the freedoms we have, including the freedom to worship. Listening to certain types of music is outlawed, as are certain books, clothes, and religious services. Men, women, and children are often removed from their homes in an effort to "reeducate" them in the accepted forms of worship. Sometimes the "reeducation" fails and people are killed, all because they place worth and devotion to someone or something else deemed unacceptable by the leaders. I know this is true because I sat with the family of one who was taken over 2 and one-half years ago, and has yet to return home. Freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose, for though father and husband is missing, they believe they are still free to worship God and follow Jesus, and they do, every day.
We're free because of the men and women who through the years of our nation chose to stand up to tyrants, even giving their lives. We're free because we believe freedom is far better than oppression and are willing to engage in actions which keep our freedoms. We live in a country where we are free and where we can choose how we worship. Let freedom ring!