Let Freedom Ring and Ring

In 1927, Ernest Holmes wrote, “The Divine Plan is one of Freedom; bondage is not god-ordained. Freedom is the birthright of every living soul. …The Truth points to freedom, under Law. Thus the inherent nature of man is forever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom.”

Today, July 4, 2018 is the day that we celebrate our Independence Day. It is the day that our Forefathers declared to the world, “our separation from Great Britain and our emergence as a new sovereign nation, as we state in the pledge to our flag, “under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. …”

Well, we know now that even our own Declaration of freedom and all that ensued after a bloody revolution can still be challenged and overturned and that those freedoms that we so passionately fought and died for and still do might be still be questioned and held from us.

What is freedom then – true freedom?  It is certainly not the freedom given to us by men and women declaring it and writing it down. It might keep us safe for a while, but is it lasting?

And, then think of the Holocaust. Those people thought they were free to live their lives and soon found out that life could be taken simply because the blood that ran through their veins made them worthy of death and torture according to a group of people led by one man.

What is freedom then? There is a a freedom that never can be taken away. Elie Wiesel, the famous writer, Pulitzer Prize winner and Holocaust survivor claimed it when everything life held dear to him was swept away by the arm of hatred. It was the freedom of his mind, his freedom of choice to think what he would think. No oppressor could ever take that from him. His Mind!

This is the freedom that Ernest Holmes writes about, the freedom declared by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus, Buddha and countless others.

So, today, as we celebrate Independence Day, I invite us to remember that we are free. We are always free, even when it seems that we are not. “We are bound because we are first free.” We have the freedom to think, to love, to choose in every moment. This is what I will be celebrating today.

I will continue to shine my light. I have the freedom to do that. We all do. I will continue to love. I will continue to stand up for what I believe to be true. In the words of patriot Thomas Paine: “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

Happy 4th of July!

Love and Aloha,

Rev. Rita

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