Saturday, May 27, 2017

Liberty vs License

The 1904 version of “America the Beautiful” proclaims, “Confirm thy soul in self-control, they liberty in law.”  Liberty, self-control, and the external control of law all work together to keep us from being enslaved by out temporary desires.  Two centuries ago, the antonym to “liberty” that sprang to people’s lips was not “slavery” but “license.”  A free person stood in the middle of a spectrum, not tugged by one mob to embrace libertinism or by another mob to hug dictatorship and political slavery.

Marvin Olasky, Standing for Christ in a Modern Babylon. pg.21

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