The first basic principle is agency. The central issue in that premortal council was: Shall the children of God have untrammeled agency to choose the course they should follow, whether good or evil, or shall they be coerced and forced to be obedient?
I’ve never been a prisoner to need or to dictators. But “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” This year I bow my head in prayer that I might have the strength and wisdom to fight the hard battles here at home that Americans may still have a Republic worth fighting for on the field of combat.
Liberty defines man as man. The full ownership of his life and responsible exercise of his liberties are the only conditions under which man can be fully human; being exposed to the elements and challenges of the world without the impositions of outside government, and without its shelters.
As the Star of Bethlehem was a guiding light to the Wise Men who sought the Son of God, so let us be a ray of hope and optimism to Patriots who are looking for a happier future in America, and our brothers and sisters in far countries who still yearn to be free. Hope burns bright, man will not easily become enslaved. We are still free to worship. We are still free to love our neighbors. Merry Christmas, we are still a free people.
The Constitution of the United States is a secular document, but it, like Divinely inspired scripture, has changed the world by changing the way individuals are addressed as the supreme ministers of temporal law.
Dreams are like the Smooties of the psyche. A lot of stuff goes in-not random stuff, but the events, thoughts, and sensory experiences that make up our days.
It’s nearly 20 years since Gennifer Flowers (and perhaps scores of abused women) would be summarily crushed by Bill Clinton and his sausage grinder political machine, and the culture war is reaching a fever pitch