Alexis de Tocqueville was a French political scientist who wrote a book entitled ”Democracy in America” appearing in the 1830’s and 40’s. His observations concerning our country in its earlier years are considered insightful history and commentary.
I came across several of his quotes in my study this week on Romans 6: 12 – 23. As Alexis de Torqueville writes, “I think I see the whole destiny of America embodied in the first Puritan who landed on these shores.” In that first Puritan, de Tocqueville sees “freedom from“ popes, archbishops, and kings exercised as “freedom for” covenantal love of God and neighbor. This week in worship I will ask us to reflect upon our freedoms. I will speak about “Freedom From” and “Freedom For” in relations to the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
There are lines in the hymn “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” that speak to this same idea that freedom is about being released from some things so that we may do other things. We have marvelous freedom in this country and we have some very real issues and problems. May we indeed let God our gold refine.
Some lines from the hymn mentioned above;
Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law
May God thy gold refine
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