Americans value freedom but it is slipping away. Why is this?

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It really boils down to a couple key reasons that are hand in glove:

1) The Abandonment of Lex Rex (The Law is King) in Exchange for Rex Lex (The King is Law)

2) The Redefinition of Freedom from Freedom to Will in Exchange for Freedom from Will

Let’s break the two down and then understand how they are linked.

Lex Rex is the legal philosophy which implies that no one is above the law, including the king or anyone else he might grant special favors to in exchange for loyalty. Though we do not have an official monarchy, we have evolved into a society with a distinct ruling political class that has exempted itself and its respective allies from the laws applied to the common man.

The free market is being crippled because as Rex Lex, the King is Law, has become the dominant philosophy today, business is far more inclined to cozy up with the ruling tyrannical political class than to compete in the market place. Not only is their fear of the political class amongst business, but wealth is also more easily accumulated this way. Why compete when you can get the political class to ruin your competitive via slander, taxation, and a mountain of regulations–all of which you have paid the political class to exempt you from.

The commercial free market is just one example. This has also spilled over into the freedom of ideas, education, weapons, privacy, and religious freedom.

Therein lies the second part: Freedom.

The very definition of freedom has transformed from the time of the American Revolution. It was once Freedom to Will or that is to say Freedom to make my own way as I desire irrespective of the whims of a dominant political class. That has now devolved and been exchanged for Freedom to Be Willed.

What I mean by that is the deliberate handing over of personal responsibility and the ability to chart one’s own path by giving it over to someone else to Will For me as the ruler sees fit. In exchange for the precious ability to chart one’s own course, one has now surrendered all of that for what the king has promised to give me: social programs, censorship of my enemy’s ideas, censorship of my religious foes, absolute protection, special tax favors, the education of my children, the punishment of those who disagree with me, etc.

All appears well in Paradise until who the King is and what he wants changes. After Freedom To Will has been surrendered or just handed over, it is extremely difficult to reclaim. It’s like giving a child candy. Once it is in their hands, the child will fight you if you try to take it back.

Does this sound familiar? It should.

Ancient Israel rejected limited self government under the grace and mercy of The Perfect Lawgiver and gave all of that over to a mere sinful fallen man. All of the prophetic utterances by Samuel from The LORD came to pass as the kings grasped power and subjugated the people.

Where will we go?

Thankfully, all of our Freedom To Will has not been eroded, and some states have more than others. After much political fighting, Georgia is one of the least Homeschooling restrictive states, which is one reason we still reside here. (In the metro area, Cherokee County is generally more conducive to Homesteading by the way). I encourage everyone to take advantage of this to train your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Let us exhaust all means of grace to cultivate a Biblical worldview in our children as they then go out as adults to exercise good stewardship of their time and resources while also preserving freedom for them and their children.

What will you do with your freedom?