FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio
ESSENCE OF FREEDOM: BEING RIGHT WITH GOD
Consider yourself driving along a busy five-lane expressway. You enjoy freedom of transportation as long as you obey the prescribed traffic laws all designed to promote safety of the motorists. You definitely shall reach your destination in complete liberty of the road.
Once you violate the laws by swerving from one lane to another without using your signal lights, you deny yourself freedom to use the road safely in order to go where you want to go.
You are no longer free because the other car hit you hard and disabled you to drive to your destination. You also deny the freedom of the other motorist. For that violation, you deserve the right punishment.
This, I believe, is the essence of freedom or the “perfect law of liberty.”
Freedom, therefore, is always governed by law or principle. Without such, there is no liberty.
Freedom is not to do what you want to do to satisfy your foolish self.
Freedom is to think, act, or move subject to governing laws designed to enforce what is right and proper for the benefit of everybody, not for one person or a group of persons.
As long as our planet Earth and other heavenly bodies in the universe follow their paths or orbits subject to the gravitational forces of the outer space under the control of God, our world still exists.
As long as laws are being respected among all peoples and among all nations in this world, life in this world continues to exist.
As long as one’s blood is free to flow normally subject to biologically laws and principles along his or her veins and arteries, one’s life is maintained.
In short, any violation or deviation of the essence of freedom according to God’s design is violated, death comes in.
The essence of freedom, indeed, is to be right with God who created everything.