Free to Fight

Greetings, David here.

In 1952, C S Lewis, wrote Mere Christianity, where he described what free will  is and by implication what he believed freedom is. Lewis maintained that God created things which had free will. Here is what C.S. Lewis’s wrote about free will and freedom:

Free will means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata—of creatures that worked like machines—would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is that happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other…and for that they must be free.

600 years earlier William Wallace, made popular again in recent years by Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart, made this famous speech about fighting for freedom and free will.

I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”

“Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will run – and live!

Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!

May you this week consider your freedom and how you will fight for it. May you decide afresh what you will do with this freedom. Embrace the one who set you free, because you have free will to choose life and freedom.

Free to Fight

Freedom fallsdesert-cross2
Like the rain in Spring,
The sun shines through
With life to bring

Freedom reigns
Like a long Summer’s day
With a sunset on fire
To show us the way

Freedom flows
Like the Autumn air
And speaks to us
Of a Greater care

Freedom settles
Like the Winters snow
As it blankets the land
Of the free that we know

So what will you do
With the freedom you live
Will you be brave
With the freedom you  give

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